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Northern Rail 2011 Wage Agreement

5 July 2011

After a number of meetings between the joint committee of the 4 trade unions and management in June, the company has now outlined its final offer.

The joint committee of the 4 trade unions met with management on a number of occasions during June. At these meetings the company outlined its current financial position and gave their views on how the franchise will operate in the future. It was clear they were expecting major changes but we pointed out that our members were also suffering and improvements were required. The claims for improvements to the current terms and conditions of employment were submitted and outlined by the four unions. At the last meeting the company outlined its final offer but informed us that they would write outlining their final position.

We have now received that confirmation from the company, which is as follows:

  1. A 5% increase or £800 on basic pay, which ever is the greater, to operate from Sunday 3rd April 2011.
  2. Following the implementation of the removal of the default retirement age regulations from October 2011. The company will be committed to maintain the status quo with regards the entitlement to an additional 12 months of annual holidays in the event of retirement including those who retire beyond the age of 65
  3. A commitment from Northern in assessing the feasibility of reciprocal Promotion, Transfer, Re-deployment and Redundancy procedures (PTRR) within Merseyrail Electronics LTD, and all other rail companies within the Serco Abellio group.

Whilst this final offer from the company does not meet our aspirations in a number of areas it does tackle some of the issues we were pressing for. The minimum increase does start to tackle to wages for the low paid and a large number of staff will benefit from this move. The agreement to look at reciprocal PTRR arrangements would benefit all staff especially as the group is looking at other franchises. And finally the position reached on the holidays on retirement does remove an issue that had started to develop within the organisation.

The unanimous view from the joint committee was that this was the best that could be achieved through negotiation. The joint unions have therefore agreed to put it through their individual process’s to seek endorsement. TSSA have therefore decided to put the offer to ballot and you will have been sent a ballot paper. This should be completed and returned using the folded pre paid slip no later than Monday 25th July 2011


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