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TSSA votes against Network Rail four year pay offer

17 April 2015

TSSA has become the second rail union to reject Network Rail's four year pay offer and order a strike ballot.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said he would be holding talks on co-ordinated ballots with Mick Cash, leader of the RMT union which also rejected the offer yesterday.

The results of the joint secret ballots are unlikely to be known before the General Election on May 7.

Mr Cortes said:"Our members are clearly upset that while NR are offering increases of RPI for the last three years of the deal, 2016 to 2019, they are offering less than RPI for this year.

"Which means that in reality our 3,000 members at NR will be constantly trying to play catch up with the cost of living after 2015.

"David Cameron told bosses recently to give workers a pay rise. He is right, they need a rise, not a pay cut like NR are proposing."

He added that there was a second reason for rejection by NR reps, the sacking of a leading rep at Liverpool Station for alleged failings in carrying out security checks.

"They feel he was fitted up by local management because of his trade union work and they want him re-instated.

"They are clearly angry that NR senior management have not sorted this out in a fair minded way."

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