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Network Rail industrial action by Bands 1-4: Advice for Bands 5-8 members

3 September 2014

Supporting colleagues whilst not placing yourself at risk.

Our Bands 1-4 members will, from 0830 on Friday 5 September 2014 until 0830 on Monday 22 September 2014, work normal core hours and nothing more.

Our union does not intend to do anything that would undermine lawful industrial action by our Bands 1-4 colleagues. However, the law relating to industrial action means that as a union we cannot offer actual support to our colleagues that could be perceived as secondary action and therefore unlawful.

In accordance with contractual requirements Bands 5-8 members are advised that they should make every endeavour to report for duty as normal. At work, you are strongly advised to carry out your normal duties. However, you should not volunteer to work extended hours arising directly out of or in consequence of the dispute. Members are advised not to agree to undertake any duties that could not be regarded as part of their job description and/or which have not in the past been undertaken by them in their current post.

Members should not at any time during the dispute act in breach of their Contracts of Employment and should carry out their normal duties in line with that stated above.

The above paragraph does not apply to regular rostered overtime and applies only to additional duties occasioned by the dispute.

Members should not agree to undertake any additional duties where there is any doubt as to their individual competence, in respect of safety matters. Members will appreciate the danger of liability in the event of an accident or other breach of safety.

It is very strongly stressed that in the event that Network Rail Management seek the agreement of, or instruct, staff with the appropriate background, to undertake duties normally performed by Bands 1-4 members, the circumstances should be reported immediately to our union. This advice applies to circumstances whether or not the individual’s judgment is that they are competent to undertake the duties in question.

We would reiterate that our members in Bands 5-8 should only work their usual roster, including any regular rostered overtime, and should not volunteer to work any additional hours arising out of the dispute.

If you have any questions or feel that you are being asked to do work that you consider to be outside your normal duties, please contact our helpdesk for further advice and assistance on 0800 328 2673.

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