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Network Rail Bands 1-4 Pay Update – May 2016

18 May 2016

Not concluded yet, despite what the company say. Details of the latest position with the ongoing pay negotiations.

Your Reps commenced pay negotiations late in April and have held two meetings with senior company representatives. At this point TSSA have presented our claim which you can view via http://bit.ly/1rTuzd5 

The company have responded with their view on what would be affordable whilst rewarding high performers. We rejected their position and they were left after the meeting to go away and reconsider. The company agreed not to communicate this offer.

Not concluded yet 

Despite TSSA making NO agreement, on 17 May the company sent out communications from Rewards and Benefits to certain business functions regarding the proposed structure of their offer despite an agreed set of wording that was published on Connect. It is our belief that this sets out a clear intention of the difficulty we will be facing in these negotiations going forward.

Derisory informal offer!

We have made it clear that the company’s proposed offer falls significantly short of our member’s aspirations and does not maintain the increasing costs of living; a summary of the informal offer is as follows:

· A pay pot of 1.2% for a 1 year deal but linked to a pay matrix that would for instance bring a good performer in Zone 2 down to 0.8%

· A restructured matrix of pay distribution based on rating as well as Pay Zone which removes non-consolidated payments for the top of the bands, and freezes their pay.

· A commitment to working groups to discuss travel facilities and a “restructuring” of London and Regional Allowances

· All other aspects of the Pay Claim rejected

What’s next?

We are meeting again on 25 May where we expect to receive a formal offer from the company in response to our outright rejection of their proposals. Following this we expect to consult with our members with regard to any offer as well as what action may be necessary in order to improve this position for our members. This may potentially include a ballot for industrial action.

Be prepared….

Our final response to the company will be decided by your Area Council Reps, who will be led by you. Make sure you share your views with your rep. Look out for details of workplace members’ meetings or branch meetings in your area and go along to join the debate. Our Area Council Reps will be meeting in June to agree our next steps – make sure you make your voice heard before then.

Who’s my rep?

Use this link for a list of current Area Council Reps: http://bit.ly/1WDRntL 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: http://bit.ly/1qtlN40

Keep up to date! Update your details?

Don’t forget you need to register and update your details at www.tssa.org.uk/mytssa. If we need to run a ballot or referendum we need accurate personal and work details.

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