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Pay Claim 2010: New Offer

24 November 2010

Your TSSA representatives met with Merseyrail management for an avoidance of dispute meeting on Monday 22nd November 2010 in relation to the 2010 pay claim. We raised a number of concerns with the previous offer and in response to this, the Company made a further offer as follows:

- Year One: 3.7% or £650 (whichever is the greater) - effective from 2010 anniversary dates.
- Year Two: RPI (based on February 2011 figure) or 3% or £700 (whichever is the greater).

The offer is applicable to both General and Management Grades, although they will be effective from the respective anniversary dates.

SMART Pensions

This offer continues to be contingent on all existing general and management grade employees in the Rail Pension Scheme being automatically opted into the Merseyrail pension salary sacrifice scheme following acceptance of the offer.

All employees brought into the scheme at this time will have the option to opt out of the scheme upon written request within 28 days (details of opt out can be sought through contacting HR on 0151 702 2749). Merseyrail have given a commitment that if the SMART salary sacrifice scheme is withdrawn by the government, the company will make up any employer related costs and will not look to recover these costs from employees.

It is important that if any staff affected by this require individual advice on their pensions they contact RPMI on 01325 342 829 as soon as possible.

Xmas Working Arrangements

Merseyrail have also given a commitment to review the position on compensatory leave for General grades, where a Rest Day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or any day designated as a substitute day by the government in respect of either of these two days. A date will be arranged in early 2011 to commence the review.

Branch Meeting

We will now be hosting a branch meeting in Rail House (9th Floor Meeting Room) on Thursday 25th November 2010 at 17.00 to get feedback from members and allow you to vote on whether to accept the offer. Given that there is a groundswell of opinion amongst members who would prefer to have this pay rise included in their Xmas salary, your reps feel that decision making through the Branch meeting is more effective in this instance than a time consuming indicative ballot. The branch meeting will address both the general and management grades pay offers.

As this new offer addresses our main area of concern with the previous offer, namely the lack of safeguards in the second year element. Your representatives are now recommending acceptance of this offer.

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