24 February 2017
TSSA is making preparations to ballot members on industrial action at Translink, Northern Ireland's public transport operation of Metro, Ulsterbus and Northern Ireland Railways.
TSSA issued the company with a dispute notice following a 100% rejection of their offer of just 1% pay increase in the Managerial, Professional and Technical grades - which was less than half the offer being made to other workers within the company.
Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes,
"Our members will not tolerate being treated as second class citizens. The work they do is vital to the safety of Northern Ireland's public transport network and for the on-schedule delivery of the Belfast Rapid Transit upgrading project. They deserve the same pay increase as everyone else at Translink.
"We are disappointed Translink have ignored our letter requesting further talks so that our members can get a just and fair settlement. We are not prepared to allow some of our members to be treated as second class citizens. We remain available for talks but are now making preparations for an industrial action ballot."