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South West Trains 2016 Pay Offer

14 October 2016

The TSSA have met with South West Trains in regard to the 2016 pay award.

 

In the first meeting we put forward our claim for the following:

· A substantial Increase to salaries.

· An increase in Regional Allowances.

· A reduction in the working week to 35 hours.

· An review of flexible working and family friendly policies, with a view to improving maternity, paternity, adoption and family leave arrangements and making access to flexible working open to all.

· A review of equal opportunities and diversity policies with a view to raising standards in line with best practice

· An improvement in Annual Leave.

South West Trains took our submission away and said they would consider it. During that meeting South West Trains informed us of the current economic situation and how that was affecting them as a business. Also that their revenue income had not matched their predicted revenue for the year. They stated that they were in the last year of the franchise that put them in “a shadow franchise” and as such any pay settlements with SWT employees have to be agreed by the Department for Transport.

The TSSA reminded SWT that our members had accepted a below RPI increase in 2012 to 2014 and flat inflation increase in 2015 and that their standard of living was dropping as a result of that. The TSSA reiterated that we did not want prolonged pay discussions and SWT agreed that was not desirable. Also it was not our members fault that the predicted revenue in their business had not matched what they had predicted. The TSSA drew to the attention that there were high living costs for our members living in the area of the South West franchise.

The TSSA will meet South West Trains next week for further discussions on this matter. We will, of course keep you advised of developments.

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