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Network Rail dispute: 2.5% is not enough

2 August 2011

TSSA negotiators met with David Higgins to get Network Rail talking about fair pay and respect at work

On Friday 29 July, three TSSA negotiators met with David Higgins. Our aim was to get Network Rail talking about the issues we are balloting over: fair pay and respect at work. David Higgins listened attentively to our concerns, around pay, pay distribution, differentials within and between bands, about consultations and with regard to respect at work.

He has agreed to meet again to discuss pay distribution, pay rates, and gender pay inequality, he has also agreed to consider our concerns regarding the equality and respect agenda. However, he has made it plain that he does not intend to move on the 2.5% imposed pay award.

We have asked for meetings to be scheduled in advance of 18 August, when our ballot closes. However, whether or not we achieve a fair pay rise will depend largely on the outcome of our industrial action ballot. TSSA are asking you to vote ‘yes’ to both questions (i.e. ‘yes’ to strike action and ‘yes’ to action short of strike). A strong mandate for action will both strengthen our negotiators' hand and demonstrate a collective determination to succeed if there is insufficient progress in talks and we are forced to call industrial action.

Get involved

This week, we are organising leafleting outside major Network Rail sites up and down the country. If you can help distribute our leaflet (either outside your building, or by dropping a copy into colleagues’ in-trays) then we will be very keen to hear from you. Contact

Recruit a colleague

TSSA’s profile has never been higher amongst the management grades in Network Rail. Colleagues who have not considered themselves ‘union people’ are beginning to recognise how important it is to have a collective voice.

Watch our latest PowerPoint presentation

Since we opened the ballot, Network Rail has banned us form holding workplace meetings on the dispute. We have therefore produced a ‘on-line’ PowerPoint presentation that you can view from your workstation.

Go to to view the presentation.

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