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Network Rail bonuses "a slap in the face" for bereaved families

18 July 2014

Large bonuses of £1.5 million for Network Rail senior executives were condemned today by the union which campaigned for a Commons enquiry into a series of tragic deaths at unsafe level crossings.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said; "This is a slap in the face to all those bereaved families which the Commons Transport Select Committee found had been treated with "callous disregard" down the years by NR.

"Louise Ellman (committee chair) called for no bonuses at all to be paid this year and the Lord Chief Justice said in January that any bonuses should be severely cutback.

"Mark Carne (new chief executive) should have followed that advice and re-set the company's moral compass by cancelling these bonuses or, better still, donating the money to a rail safety charity.

"We welcome his move to cut back on bonuses in the future but he has missed a golden opportunity to demonstrate in practical terms his genuine commitment to improve level crossing safety on his watch."


Editor's note: An earlier planned lobby of the meeting in Reading in support of the union's equal pay claim was cancelled after fresh assurances from NR to ensure "fairness and equity" for 3,000 female managers.

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