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Network Rail industrial action

3 September 2014

Action starts this Friday

Dear Colleague

As you are aware, following your overwhelming rejection of the company's paltry pay offer and your massive vote in favour of industrial action, our union has called action which commences this Friday.

This means that from 0830 on Friday 5 September 2014 until 0830 on Monday 22 September 2014, you should work your normal core hours and nothing more. That means no overtime, and no on-call duties. Our Reps expect that this action will have a significant impact on engineering work being carried out over the three weekends covered by the action. For those of you on a Role Clarity contract it will require you to work a 35 hours a week and not a minute more!

Put simply, you should not undertake any work beyond your normal core hours even though overtime and/or on-call duties may form part of what you regularly do. You are of course entitled to do this as you are taking part in legally organised industrial action. This also means not dealing with work phone calls or emails in your own time - leave your phone and laptop at work when you go home!

Sadly, you are being forced by your employer to take such action, as without it there is no prospect of an end to your downward pay spiral. For most of you, your pay has declined in real terms over many years. Inflation has consumed your paltry pay increases and continues to eat into the value of your salary – your call to Network Rail that enough is enough has so far fallen on deaf ears! However, our reps remain keen to have further talks with the company to resolve this dispute and very much hope that progress can be made before 22nd September. If this is not the case, they will be forced to consider further action.

To make this action as effective as possible we need you - and every single one of our members within management grades - to support this action. It will be even more effective if more managers are in our union so please encourage others to join – it is simple, just get them to join online. If you have any queries about your personal position and what you can legally refuse to do in support of this action, please contact your rep, or call our Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673.

I will of course keep you informed of developments.

Best wishes

Manuel Cortes
General Secretary
 

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