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TUPE Transfer Colas Rail to Babcock Rail further consultations

4 August 2014

There have been two more meetings with Colas Rail and Babcock Rail but there still remain some outstanding issues requiring clarification.

 

We used the opportunity to raise some further questions with the incoming employer – set out below are the responses:

1) The transfers will still take place at 00.01 on 29th July 2014.

2) Some employees staying with Colas Rail will be asked if they would consider moving to Babcock Rail on a secondment for twelve weeks after the date of transfer. This would be on a purely voluntary basis and their employment status would remain with Colas Rail.

3) There remains a major issue in respect of non-protected and no indefeasible right (pension) status employees who will not be allowed to join the Babcock Rail Section of the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS). However, in this transfer no one who comes into this category. If a member believes this not the case they should contact TSSA immediately.

4) Those currently in the Colas Rail Defined Contribution scheme will be auto enrolled into the Babcock Rail Defined Contribution Scheme on the 29th July and individuals will be able to withdraw from the scheme if they wish.

5) Colas Rail and Babcock Rail are still currently discussing the logistics of the changeover of vehicles. There is potential, where the depot is not big enough to house both the Babcock Rail and Colas vans, to hire a location for the exchange, the University of the West England (UWE) in Bristol has been suggested. In regard to fuel cards Babcock stated that they would issue fuel cards, for those who currently have them. All employees transferring who have company mobile phones will be issued new phones and retain use of their existing numbers.

6) Babcock Rail confirmed that the existing depots at Bristol, Newport and Saltley will remain after the transfer.

7) Babcock has training schools and facilities in Scotland and the North of England they will use for the time being, but will consider their options of a new centre some time into the operation of the new contract.

8) Colas Rail have not confirmed what they intend to do regarding their Bonus Scheme. Babcock Rail will examine the (non-contractual) Colas scheme after the transfer.

9) Colas Rail said they are still trying to resolve all vacancies’ issues before the date of the transfer, especially where this involves long standing Higher Grade Pay cover and arrears of pay. Please note those who have not had their issue resolved should put in a grievance.

10) All employees transferring who have a Senital Card will not require a med screening for the purpose of this transfer.

11) With the possible new pay cycles Babcock Rail will offer interest free loans of up to two weeks’ pay. There are concerns here for existing Colas Rail employees transferring over the repayment of existing loans and the repayment of the ride to work scheme.

12) Babcock will provide us with information regarding employees they provide with childcare vouchers.

13) Babcock do not provide employees with a healthcare scheme. However, they said they would administer the existing Healthshield but will not pay any contributions towards it as Colas Rail currently does.

Any members with any further questions should contact the TSSA helpdesk or their representatives for advice. TSSA will also inform you of further consultation meetings due to take place.

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