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Grayling 'meddling with menace' at Southeastern

15 April 2019

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes is warning Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling to butt out of pay talks at the Southeastern train operating company.

Cortes is angry Grayling is "meddling with menace" in the annual pay talks to impose a pay cut rather than pay rise on the workforce because the company is in last year of the franchise.

TSSA have rejected Southeastern's offer of Grayling's preferred Consumer Price Index of 1.8pc pay rise plus 0.5 per cent. That falls short of the accepted industry standard Retail Price Index pay award - which in January this year stood at 2.5%.

Said Cortes, "Rail workers across the sector are becoming sick and tired of the continual incompetence of Grayling. His handling of this most vital of transport sectors has made working life difficult for rail staff wherever they are.

"But at Southeastern he is meddling with menace and interfering to impose his pay cuts on a workforce that are already vulnerable because the franchise is up for renewal.

"We've told management to take a hike on their opening offer. And it looks like they have - all the way back to the Department for Transport to get guidance on their next offer from Grayling.

"So with Southeastern having disclosed they are the ones now at the beck and call of government, my message to Grayling is butt out or meet me and let's negotiate face to face.

“This backroom string pulling is not on and our members, Southeastern passengers - and the economy - deserve better respect 

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