3 April 2017
TSSA are balloting members at Translink, Northern Ireland's public transport network today for industrial action over a pay and consultation dispute in their management, professional and technical (MPT) grades. Ballot papers are due to be sent out today - Monday (April 3). The company have been notified.
Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes,
"After almost a year of waiting for the company to come to the table our members received an offer which was 1% lower than every other grade in Translink. The company have since refused our requests to reconvene talks to find a resolution to our members justifiable grievance.
"To add insult to injury, our members have been tasked with delivering infrastructure projects such as the Belfast Rapid Transport system and Belfast Transport Hub, without consulting us about the huge increase in workload. All our MPT members want is to be shown the same respect as their colleagues in terms of pay and consultation rights.
"Right now our MPT grades are feeling bemused and disillusioned by management's discrimination policy which is the driver of this ballot. Should Translink wish to speak to us at any point during the ballot period we will of course be ready to listen."