TSSA re-balloting General Grades, Bands 5 to 8 and Controller members for strike action
We have notified Network Rail today of our intention to re-ballot members in General Grades, Bands 5 to 8 and Controllers.
We have not taken this decision lightly, but without an offer from the company to present to you in a referendum, we feel that have been left with no choice. The re-ballot is necessary because anti-trade union legislation requires Trade Unions to re-run ballots every six months.
Please vote “Yes” to strike action and action short of strike action.
The current mandate for strike action runs out in early January 2023. We remain in pay talks and are fully committed to achieving a negotiated settlement. Progress has been made and we remain hopeful of achieving a settlement to our dispute.
We are still seeking a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for 2022/23, no unagreed changes to terms and conditions, and a pay increase which reflects the rising cost of living.
But the lack of an offer to place before you means we have no option but to re-ballot members a second time for industrial action.
We secured mandates for both strike action and action short of strike when the original ballot was run in June and July. We believe this gave us the necessary leverage to get Network Rail to the table. We need to keep that mandate live to ensure we maintain our leverage with the company in the ongoing pay talks.
Look out for your ballot paper in the post from 01 December. Your ballot paper must be received by 22 December.
Vote “Yes” to strike action and action short of strike action.