Our Ref BR6/0001
Circular No IR/64/15
6th March 2015
TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS AND REGIONAL OFFICES
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2015 – NETWORK RAIL
We will shortly be sending referendum papers to all Network Rail members in Operations, Maintenance, Customer Services and Bands 5 to 8 staff over the company’s current pay offer. We are recommending members vote “NO” to reject theseproposals which we believe fall well short of our member’saspirations. Below you will find a summary of the offer,: -
As far as we are concerned 0% in 2015 is a pay cut as members’ pay will not keep up with the cost of living. The Travel card offer is nothing more than a card that can be purchased by any member of the travelling public, falling well short of our demand of free travel for all. In addition, we are extremely concerned that the “No Compulsory Redundancy” commitment only applies to the first year of the four year deal. We believe this leaves Operations and Maintenance members extremely vulnerable, especially with the continueddevelopment of Rail Operating Centres and the ongoing budget cuts programme.
Having discussed this proposal with your reps, RMT is strongly recommending members vote “NO” to reject this offer. Members have been advised that if the offer is rejected, this will trigger a ballot for industrial action. Voting paperswill be despatched to members from Monday 9th March 2015 with a closing date of Tuesday 24th March 2015. If you are aware of any member who has not received their voting papers by Tuesday 17th March 2015 please ask them contact us as soon as possible so that one can be sent out to them.
Late Update: We have just received a letter from Network Rail advising that they are aware we are conducting a referendum on the offer with a recommendation to reject. They advise that if the offer is rejected, the current offer will “come off the table”.
Regardless of the last ditch intervention from Network Rail, we will continue with the referendum and allow members to decide through the democratic process on how the union proceeds. Our recommendation, which was determined following detailed discussions with our Area Council reps, remains that members should vote NO to reject the offer.