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More new year industrial action on track at Cross Country

21 December 2017

TSSA is to ballot members at Cross Country trains over industrial action in a dispute about disparate pay rises for managers. The company, operated by German Government owned Arriva and runs across Britain, is refusing to pay managers the same 3.3% deal that was applied to all staff covered by collective bargaining.

On direct orders from Berlin, say Cross Country, our manager members not covered by collective bargaining are being awarded just 1%.

Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, “You’ve got to pay tribute to the sense of fair play and solidarity among our manager members. They can't just stand aside and allow the company to get treat them as second class citizens.

“We’d urge all managers if not yet part of our union family to join our union ASAP to minimise the vindictive treatment being meted our to them by the mighty and, very wealthy, German rail company Deutsche Bahn.

'And we put Arriva, and Deutsche Bahn on notice that they are picking on the wrong people at the wrong time at Cross Country. But we thank them for being a recruiting sergeant for our union. Across the Arriva group in Britain, everyone of your employees is sick of not being valued for the worth they bring to your company. But at Cross Country our union reps are not prepared to stand by and see you impose a pay cut on our members. That’s solidarity of working people for you.

“Ballot papers will go out on December 28 with a recommendation from our union that members support industrial action.Should the company wish to up the offer on their tight decision in the meantime, we will of course be all ears.”

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