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Network Rail Operations: TUPE transfer of Gatwick Airport employees to Southern

18 November 2011

TSSA was recently informed by Network Rail of its proposal to transfer its Gatwick Airport services employees to Southern. Part of the transfer process requires consultation to take place with representatives of the employees – the trade unions.

 

. This meeting occurred with joint representation of Network Rail and Southern. A number of assurances were sought from Southern following the transfer at 00.00 hours on 29 January 2012, and below is the response from the employer.

 

     

  • Employees will retain their existing terms and conditions.
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  • Collective Bargaining representation will be retained with the trade unions on behalf of employees. Southern stated they would not accept Collective Bargaining for management grades. TSSA informed them that we would challenge them on that stance.
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  • Policies and Procedures will be transferred to the Southern procedures after discussions with the trade unions.
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  • Transferring employees will be able to join the Southern section of the Railway Pension Fund and will be able to transfer past accumulated contributions if they wish. We are, however awaiting a response on BRASS contributions.
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  • There are no proposals to change the current structure or numbers of employees, but this group will now report to the Southern Area Manager Brighton. However, Southern will monitor the organisation for six months to see how Gatwick Airport station operates.
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  • BR protected employees transferring will retain their travel facilities and those not protected will receive a Southern pass and ATOC card.
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  • The same four weekly pay cycle will continue for those on Gatwick Express terms and conditions and there will be an agreed transfer, with the trade unions, of Network Rail role clarity employees to the same four-week cycle.
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  • New Uniform and mobile phones will be provided to use on the first day of the transfer. The transferring employees will have use of the company Intranet.
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  • The existing accommodation should be used after the transfer, but there are still discussions ongoing between Network Rail and Southern. Also similar provisions for the car park should continue.
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  • The Network Rail bonus will be paid out pro rata up to December 2011 at the usual time of payment.
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  • Southern representatives will meet safety reps to discuss local safety requirement and competencies to be held by employees.
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  • The transfer has yet to be safety validated.
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Representatives from Southern will meet transferring employees on a one- to-one basis before the date of transfer. I will inform you of the response from Southern on any outstanding issues. Any members with further questions should not hesitate to contact the TSSA helpdesk or their representatives on this matter.

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