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Network Rail: Senior management are rattled

3 September 2014

What to declare and what not to declare to management to help bring them back to the negotiating table.

Dear colleague

I have been advised by a number of you that our industrial action is being discussed by senior managers using various forums within the company. In particular, that some of you are being asked to declare whether you will be taking part in the action.

The company has the right to ask those of you who are on-call or have already planned to work unsocial hours or overtime whether you will be taking part in industrial action. In fact, we recommend that you tell your line manager that you will not be doing this work. However, if you are simply going to work your core hours, there is no reason whatsoever why you should declare this to the company. The purpose of industrial action is disrupt the company's operations as a way of pressurising Network Rail to return to the negotiating table with a better pay offer. To volunteer such information, minimises the effect of the action and allows the company to continue behaving in an intransigent manner.

Frankly, the fact that the company is asking you questions shows that they are rattled. That is why it is incredibly important that as 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. 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!

You know, 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 here.

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.

Please keep up the good work and I will of course keep you abreast of developments.

Best wishes

Manuel Cortes
General Secretary

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