Circular No IR/127/15
To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils
Our Ref: BR6/0001
18th May 2015
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2015 – Network Rail
Regarding the above I would like to give you an update and all the details of the industrial action that has been called by the General Grades Committee.
The Industrial Action Dates and Times
Network Rail members working in Operations, Maintenance, Bands 5 to 8 and Customer Services are instructed not to book on for duty for any shifts that begin between the following times.
In addition we have called the following action short of a strike.
There are no exceptions to this instruction; all Network Rail members (excluding Band 1 to 4 staff and Managers who have not been balloted) are instructed to take this action.
Reminder of Reasons for Dispute
This dispute is about fair pay and job security. Their current offer would see your pay lag behind the rate of inflation and they have refused to extend the No Compulsory Redundancy for the lasttwo years of the deal. We all know that Network Rail are determined to cut costs and Signallers and Maintenance staff will be incredibly vulnerable in the coming years, as the new Tory Government will be putting them under even greater pressure to make savage cuts.
Network Rail made a £1.2 billion profit last year, double the previous year, and we believe you deserve fair reward for the hard work and long unsociable hours you do to keep the network running. With a mandate for action so strong, Network Rail can be left in no doubt that RMT members are united and demand a substantially improved offer. I urge you to stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues and strongly support the action.
We demand nothing less than a substantially improved offer and hope the company will see sense and table an improvement. We will continue to seek talks with the company to resolve the dispute and I will keep members fully informed of developments.
At the time of writing all the unions involved in the dispute and Network Rail Management are at ACAS trying to reach a settlement.
I would ask all Branches, Regional Councils, activists and members to offer assistance and support to our Network Rail members who are on strike. Please contact your Regional Office where picket lines, demonstrations, publicity etc., is being co-ordinated.
Helpline Opening Hours
The National Helpline (0800 376 3706) will have extended operating hours during the dispute which are as follows: -
Monday 18th May until Friday 22nd May – 08.00 to 20.00
Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May - 09.30 to 16.00
08.00 Monday 25th May until 20.00 Tuesday 26th May the Helpline will be open permanently.
Please note that these extended hours are to deal with queries from members relating to the Network Rail Dispute. Members are welcome to continue contacting the helpline during office hours for all other matters.
I will of course keep you advised of developments