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Network Rail: Members vote "Yes" for Industrial Action

18 August 2011

Results of our industrial action ballot in our dispute with Network Rail over fair pay and respect at work

We have just received the results of our industrial action ballot in our dispute with Network Rail over fair pay and respect at work. These are reproduced below.

Question: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike?

Result of Voting:

Number of ballot papers returned:                                1204
Number of papers found to be invalid:                          22
Thus, total number of valid papers to be counted:     1182


Numbers voting YES ……………………….................. 495 ( 41.9% of valid vote)

Numbers voting NO ………………………................… 687 (58.1% of valid vote)

                                                                                Total    1182 (100% of valid vote)

Question: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of action short of a strike?

Result of Voting:

Number of ballot papers returned:                                  1204
Number of papers found to be invalid:                            19
Thus, total number of valid papers to be counted:        1185


Numbers voting YES ………………………..................    900 (75.9% of valid vote)

Numbers voting NO ……………………….....................  285 (24.1% of valid vote)

                                                                                Total     1182 (100% of valid vote)


A decisive vote for action

Management grades have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action short of strike action. The vote for strike action was lost, although the fact that a total of almost 500 managers in Network Rail voted to support strike action shows the strength of feeling over these issues.


What happens next?

Tomorrow, our area council reps (members of the TSSA who have been elected by their colleagues as their representatives) will meet and discuss the current dispute. We are still awaiting a final written response from Network Rail following our last negotiating meeting. The reps will want to consider your views about how to best utilise this mandate, so please share your views about what action would be most effective in forcing the company to reconsider its positions.

A wake up call

The good news is that David Higgins has agreed to a face-to-face meeting with TSSA General Secretary Gerry Doherty, next Thursday, in a final attempt to find a negotiated solution. Hopefully, the scale of the vote for industrial action (including the sizeable minority who voted for strike action) will convince Network Rail that they need to reconsider their position and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute.

Get involved

Alongside our pay campaign, over the coming weeks we will be launching an equal pay initiative and will be working with members on issues of respect at work, including the fair treatment of those facing relocation of their roles to Milton Keynes.
The ballot result has demonstrated that Network Rail managers are no longer prepared to put up with unfair pay awards and being treated with a lack of respect. If you want to know more about how you can play a role (formal or informal) in winning justice for Network Rail employees, please drop an email to organising@tssa.org.uk.

Thank you for your support

On behalf of your TSSA reps, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the ballot.
 

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