Have your say on 2023 pay
Amey Rail staff covered by collective bargaining have a pay anniversary date of 1 March. All members are invited to have a say in our pay claim survey.
Your reps will use to the survey responses to produce our written claim which we will present to Amey on your behalf at the start of negotiations.
The strength of our negotiating position is determined by the democratic and industrial mandate of our members; if a large proportion of staff are members who confirm that they have a clear demand, your reps are more able to achieve success. In this way, every member who has a say in our pay claim survey and every colleague who joins our union will have a direct impact on our ability to ensure that your wages aren't eroded by inflation and that your terms and conditions are as good as you deserve.
The survey closes midnight Sunday 29 January
Pay talks in context
As well as identifying priorities such as more flexible company policies, fewer working hours, better pensions and more annual leave, negotiations give members an opportunity to predict and manage the effect of past, present, and future economic impacts on wages. If members expect inflation levels to increase significantly, substantial pay increases will be necessary to make sure that your standards of living aren't reduced because of a reduction in the value of your pay over time.
Traditionally, Amey members use the January Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure as a measure of inflation to determine whether an offer made by the company could be recommended to members. The January figure is the latest RPI percentage to be published at the time of the pay anniversary and is often assumed to give an indication of the impact of inflation for the year.
Last year, we negotiated a pay increase of 6% on salaries and agreed allowances, with a minimum increase of £2,200 on salaries. Negotiations were particularly tough in 2022 as inflation reached a forty-year high. After members and reps rejected significant real-terms pay cuts, members were forced to prepare for industrial action when talks reached an impasse. This helped to force a breakthrough, with the company finally making an offer that the reps could recommend as the best available through negotiation.
RPI levels continued to rise in 2022 until the rate finally slowed from 14.2% to 14% in November. Although this may signal a slowing down in the rate of inflation, the cost of living crisis continues to have a huge impact on members' household incomes. We need a strong and active Trade Union membership to get a good deal in 2023!
Initial discussions with your reps have suggested that you may want to give consideration to improvements to terms and conditions as well as headline pay, including reduced hours, increased flexibility on working time, and increased annual leave. If you identify your aspirations in the survey, you will help our negotiators to seek improvements to your work-life balance as well as a fair deal on your headline pay.
Make sure that you have your say and please share this message with your colleagues.