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Rugby Electrical Control Office Dispute

2 December 2010

An “avoidance of dispute” meeting took place yesterday between Network Rail and TSSA’s negotiating team in an effort to find a solution to the dispute caused by the Company deciding to unilaterally impose an unagreed 8 hour roster and Control Office “Agreement” on the Rugby Control.

Network Rail made significant concessions during the meeting, as a result of which, an agreement has been reached and the industrial action scheduled to commence on 3 December has been cancelled.

The key points of the agreement are as follows:

- 12 hour agreed roster instead of imposed 8 hour roster
- Increased planning time built into roster
- Reduced number of spare turns to enable increased planning time
- Spare turns restricted to day shift unless by mutual agreement
- No rostering of Annual Leave
- A more flexible approach to scheduling Annual Leave
- £2,000 (gross) one-off compensation payment
- Existing roster to continue until new roster implemented on 9 Jan 2011

The above agreement represents a significant improvement over Network Rail’s original proposal, and was only possible to secure due to the determination and commitment of all the staff members in the Control. Their willingness to take industrial action when necessary made a real difference, and shows what can be achieved when TSSA members act collectively.

If you are reading this and are not a member, or know of a colleague who isn’t a member, you can join TSSA by calling our membership hotline on 020 7529 8018, request a membership form from one of your reps, or join on-line on this website.

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