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Southern 2015 Pay Offer Referendum

29 October 2015

Following prolonged negotiations, TSSA has now eventually received a final offer from the employer. During those negotiations TSSA discussed three separate groups i.e. Fleet, Revenue and Station staff.

 

The offer is as follows:

For Station Staff and Revenue staff a 2.5% increase in pay and appropriate allowances backdated to 5th April 2015.

For Engineering and Depot conciliation staff a 2.5% increase in pay and appropriate allowances backdated to 5th April 2015. The following is also included:

· An increase in base salary and the appropriate allowances of RPI + 0.25% in April 2016, with a minimum of 2% and a reduction in the working week of one hour to 38 hours by May 2016.

· An increase in base salary and the appropriate allowances of RPI + 0.25% in April 2017, with a minimum of 2% and a reduction in the working week of one hour to 37 hours by May 2017.

· In addition, should all the other non-driving grades have an increase in basic pay and appropriate allowances of more than RPI +0.25% in either the 2016 and 2017 annual salary reviews, the engineering staff will be adjusted appropriately.

TSSA and its representatives believe that this offer for some of our members has not met their aspirations. The 2.5% pay increase for Station staff is a straight increase and during the negotiations a rest day working payment was discussed, but declined.

With Revenue staff we had very meaningful discussions on the reduction of the working week and we believed we had a proposal for a two-hour reduction in the working week which was self-financing. In addition, we were looking for fully pensionable pay. It is a great disappointment, therefore, that these two issues were not included in the offer and the TSSA believes this was contrary to the discussion held with the company and is a detriment to Revenue members.

In regard to the Engineering function, again whilst there is a reduction in the working week for some grades we still expected fully pensionable pay to be included in the 2015 offer. Although not promised in the previous year’s discussions, it was implied in those discussions that in 2015 they would make the final amount of non-pensionable pay pensionable. I believe that this is a contentious issue for our members especially in the Panel and Yard Supervisory grades.

The TSSA is not prepared to recommend the offer, especially in the Engineering and Revenue departments. It is therefore the intention to seek the views of our members by way of a referendum in the three separate groups of Station, Revenue and Engineering staff. If the offer as outlined in this circular is declined, members are asked to complete the option of whether they are prepared to take industrial action.

All completed referendum forms to be returned by Wednesday 11th November by using the free post address on the back to TSSA, Walkden House 10, Melton Street, London NW1 2EJ

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