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Rates of pay & conditions of service 2015 - Network Rail

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Rates of pay & conditions of service 2015 - Network Rail

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22 May 2015
source RMT
type Letter

note Our Ref BR6/0001

All Industrial Action Suspended

Dear Colleagues




You will recall that discussions started at the end of last year with the company offering up to 2% for 2015 if we agreed to major changes to your terms and conditions, and CPI inflation for 2016, 2017 and 2018. No offer was made to extend the No Compulsory Redundancy Commitment. We were absolutely clear that we would not accept any changes to your terms and conditions in exchange for a pay offer, so it was rejected out of hand.

Talks continued following which Network Rail offered 0% for 2015, RPI inflation for 2016, 2017, 2018, a one year no compulsory redundancy commitment and an off peak Annual Discount Railcard. This offer was put to members in a referendum and was rejected. Network Rail then made another offer which was a £500 non-consolidated lump sum for 2015, RPI inflation for 2016, 2017, 2018 and a two year no compulsory redundancy commitment ending on 31st December 2016. This was also rejected and industrial action was due to take place on the 25th and 26th May.

Following four days of intensive talks at ACAS Network Rail made an offer of a 1% consolidated increase in rates of pay for 2015 backdated to 1st January with a guaranteed minimum increase of £250 (also consolidated). They also offered a 1.4% consolidated increase for 2016. They have withdrawn any offer for 2017 and 2018 making it a two year instead of 4 year deal.

They have also offered guarantees of no compulsory redundancies until December 2016 along with commitments in relation to job security.

Separately from the pay offer the company want discussions on what they call “Smarter Better Working”. If agreement is reached with the union the company have offered to pay up to 0.7% consolidated increase to basic rates of pay from 1st January 2016. The full terms of the offer are attached to this email. [[The terms are shown below]]

The General Grades Committee has now considered the matter and wish to get the views of your Area Council Representatives. I have arranged an urgent meeting with them and this will take place next Thursday in London.

In light of the above the General Grades Committee has suspended all industrial action that was called for Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th May to allow this consultation to take place.

I will write to you again following Thursday’s meeting.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary


Revised Proposal from Network Rail to RMT, TSSA and UNITE

Following discussions between all parties the following is proposed:

Pay 2015 and 2016

1. Network Rail commits to pay all staff in the bargaining groups a 1% consolidated increase including those on role clarity contracts (subject to pre-existing arrangements for those at the top of pay bands) on their base salary backdated to 1st January 2015, (with a guaranteed minimum increase of £250 consolidated p.a.- pro rata for part time staff).

2. Network Rail will pay all staff in the bargaining groups a 1.4% consolidated increase, on 1st
January 2016;

No compulsory Redundancies

3. Network Rail guarantees no compulsory redundancies across all members of bargaining groups; operations and customer services bands 5-8 and equivalent, maintenance bands 5-8 and equivalent and controller grades until 31st December 2016.

Job Security

4. Network Rail will enter in to discussion to agree a comprehensive job security package and working within the principles of the current PTR&R, which include:
? Voluntary Severance
? Extended VS to those not affected but want to go, via "bumping"
? Publication of a national vacancy list
? Re-training
? Relocation
? Trial-period opportunities

5. Final details of the job security package will be agreed by all parties and formally signed and published within six months of this agreement.

Smarter Better Working

6. Separately the unions commit to discussing, under the auspices of ACAS, with Network Rail Smarter Better Working. If agreement is reached with the unions on ways of smarter working Network Rail commit to paying up to 0.7% consolidated on basic salary from 1st January
2016. Discussion shall be concluded within three months of acceptance of the pay offer.

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