Important Update for all Network Rail Members

Important Update for all Network Rail Members

8 April 2015

RMT

Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2015 – Network Rail

Our Ref BR6/0001

8th April 2015

Important Update for all Network Rail Members

Dear Colleagues

Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2015 – Network Rail
 
Members will be aware that your union has been in negotiations with Network Rail since October 2014 on pay and we have been made a number of offers by the company.  

In December 2014 they offered a 4 year pay deal with up to 2% for 2015 but linked to stringent productivity items that would have worsened members’ terms and conditions. In addition they only offered, for the 3 remaining years, lower inflation rate increases.  Finally they would not extend the “No Compulsory Redundancy” agreement beyond December 2014. Your union quite rightly rejected this offer and following further negotiations the company made a revised offer in January 2015.  
 
That offer withdrew the productivity strings but continued with a four year pay deal comprising of zero percent in 2015 and RPI increases for 2016, 2017 and 2018.  They also offered a one year extension of the “No Compulsory Redundancy” agreement until the end of 2015 and the provision of an annual National Rail card. That second offer did not meet your aspirations as you voted by 93% to reject it!
 
Since the result of the referendum, the union has been in a series of intensive talks with Network Rail at ACAS and, as a result of these talks, a revised offer has been made which is as follows:-
 
Year One

For 2015 – A £500 non-consolidated lump sum for all staff (pro rata for part time staff) covered by bargaining groups.
 
 Years Two, Three and Four
 
For 2016, 2017, 2018 - A consolidated RPI percentage increase with a guarantee of no salary reduction if RPI falls below zero percent, based on November of the previous year as reported in December.  The anniversary date of 1st January remains the same.
 
Pay Equality
 
Network Rail has confirmed they are committed to equality proofing its pay arrangements.



Travel

The previous offer to provide an annual National Rail Card has been withdrawn.
 
Job Security

Non Compulsory Redundancy Arrangements
 
Network Rail has confirmed that they will extend the agreement during 2015 and 2016 for all bands 5-8 and equivalents in the bargaining groups - Maintenance, Operations and Controllers.

Employment Protection Understanding

Network Rail has given a firm commitment to avoid compulsory redundancies and to work within the principles of the current PTR&R arrangements by:
 
1)    ¬Providing genuine redeployment opportunities, including re-training and relocation
 
2)    Use of voluntary severance and possible bumping opportunities
 
3)    Agreeing to have in place a formal agreement based on this understanding which has been consulted and agreed within six months of today, and to have a full joint review of its working within 12 months of today’s date. (7th April 2015)
 
4)    Network Rail will endorse this agreement and mandate its implementation across the organisation and ensure its implementation.

Your union’s executive committee has considered the revised offer and has decided to call a meeting of our Network Rail Area Council representatives on Thursday 16th April at Unity House before considering our response to Network Rail’s revised offer.
 
I shall keep you informed of any developments.   

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary

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