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Network Rail On the Wrong Track Over Equal Pay

15 June 2011

Women Managers Paid £4,500 Less Then Men Women managers at tax payer funded Network Rail are being paid as much as £4,500 a year less than male colleagues doing similar jobs within the same pay band, a new TSSA survey has revealed.

Women Managers Paid £4,500 Less Then Men

Women managers at tax payer funded Network Rail are being paid as much as £4,500 a year less than male colleagues doing similar jobs within the same pay band, a new TSSA survey has revealed.

The gender pay gap was disclosed in a detailed survey of more than 1800 union members which showed that women are on average being paid £90 a week less than their male colleagues.

Six out of ten female staff are in junior managerial positions in the salary range of £24,000-£34,000, compared with only one in four male colleagues.

Only one in three women make it into the £34,000 to £45,000 range, compared with six out of every ten men.

And while one in six men are in middle managerial positions in the £45,000 to £55,000 range, only one in 40 women make it into the higher tax bracket league, the survey shows.

Union general secretary Gerry Doherty said today:

"These detailed figures show that Network Rail's lack of transparency within its pay structure is hiding systematic discrimination against female staff when it comes to pay and rewards.

"It is a disgrace that a publicly funded company is trying to evade its responsibilities to treat women fairly by claiming it is in fact a private company."

Although funded almost entirely by the taxpayer, Network Rail was established nine years ago as a privately run not for profit company without any shareholders.

The union general secretary has written to NR chief executive David Higgins warning he will call a strike ballot among his 3,000 white collar members at the rail maintenance firm unless an equal pay audit is established to tackle the gender pay gap.

He has also rejected the firm's offer to increase its performance pay pot for all managers by 2.5% this year with senior managers actually deciding who gets what.

The union is demanding an across the board increase of 5.2% in line with a deal already agreed with NR's non managerial staff.

"David Higgins has talked about a fresh, less confrontational approach to industrial relations with his new management team. He now has a golden opportunity to make that promise a reality," added the general secretary.

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