Your National Management Council reps met with the company yesterday to discuss its failure to provide an adequate response to the General Secretary’s letter seeking assurances on Pay, Terms & Conditions, and Job Security and lack of any response to our 2022 pay claim some five months after its submission. The meeting was held under the “Avoidance of Disputes” provision within the Collective Bargaining Agreement at level 1.
The company stated it had not yet received authority from the Department for Transport to commence pay talks or make any offer at the meeting, but that it was their firm intention to do so once authority has been granted. This is extremely disappointing as you deserve more than vague promises of “jam tomorrow” and is unacceptable at a time when members are facing a cost-of-living crisis and concerns about future job security. We stressed it was our expectation that the company tables an offer which takes account of this and addresses the other elements of our claim no later than next Thursday 12 May. If an appropriate offer is not tabled by this date, we have advised the company the dispute will be escalated to level 2 (the final level) of the procedures. The company accepted this deadline.
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