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Network Rail Bands 1-4 Pay Referendum – Final Offer

27 May 2016

Your Reps have now concluded pay negotiations following our latest meeting on 25th May. The following presents a summary of the final offer and invites our members to participate in a referendum on whether to accept or reject the company’s offer of settling Bands 1-4 Pay for 2016.

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The Final Offer - A Mixed Bag….

The company have made improvements upon their previous offer, a summary of which is below:

· An increase in the pay pot from 1.2% to 1.5% (April RPI at 1.3% - although is no longer the benchmark used)

· Pay to be determined by a distribution matrix “multiplier” based on performance rating that seeks to move those in lower pay zones up within the range. The previous matrix meant than all staff with a good rating would get less than inflation however the increase in pay pot and redistribution of this means that those “Good” performers in Zone 1 will receive above inflation

· An increase in Inner and Outer London Allowances equating to a 29% uplift, with the removal of SE Allowance for new staff. A review of people working in locations that do not attract an inner or outer London allowance to remove the payments entirely within the next three years.

· An increase in the Travel Subsidy of £250 (11%) with a further commitment to work with ATOC and RDG to seek opportunities for improving travel benefits for business and residential travel

· No uplift in pay ranges for 2016 due to the 2015 uplift equating to 3%, which is above the current movement in market rates of 1.37% - They have given a commitment to discuss the uplift in pay ranges prior to the 2017 Pay negotiations

· No increase in Annual Leave – however via the Long Hours Working Group, TSSA is to discuss and formulate proposals as to a “cost effective” means to address the long hours culture and overtime working


What this means for members?

Essentially, the cost of living will only be maintained for around 50% of Bands 1-4 who will receive the current level of inflation (April RPI 1.3%) or more (based on the current distribution of Performance Ratings) The TSSA National Council consider that whilst representing significant improvements for many, but not all staff we cannot recommend this offer to members. We are also concerned of the impact of phasing out some protected London Allowances

You can download a copy of the pay offer presentation here


Percentage pay increase by distribution Matrix

 B1-4 Pay Matrix

1. The company propose to freeze the pay of those above Zone 3 for 2016

2. Ghost Banded personal and ex IMC contracts will receive Zone 2 “Good” % increase


London Inner and Outer Increase


Current £

Proposed £

Increase, £ and %

Inner London



£700, 29%

Outer London



£410, 29%

1. No future appointments to receive a SE allowance in this bargaining group – this includes new hires and existing employees changing location. 

2. A review of people working in locations that do not attract and inner or outer London allowance to remove the payments entirely within the next three years



Travel Subsidy Increase

An increase in the travel subsidy by £250 to £2500 which equates to an 11% rise


What’s next?

We are inviting you to vote to accept or reject this offer in a referendum to close on Tuesday 14 June where we will consider next steps in a meeting of Area Council Reps on 16 June.

TSSA members will receive an invite to participate in the referendum via email to their TSSA registered email address.

Should members reject the company’s offer the decision as to whether to proceed to a ballot for industrial action will be made by a meeting of our Area Council representatives on the 16th June. This will be determined by the strength of any vote to reject and feedback given to reps of member’s strength of feeling to take action to improve this offer. Therefore do speak to your Area Rep as well as voting in the referendum.


Who’s my rep?

Use this link for a list of current Area Council Reps: if you have a vacancy in your area, we need your help! Download and print a nomination form and ask your colleagues to support your nomination. Alternatively, if you have a colleague who could make a good rep, ask them to stand for nomination:


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