Our Ref: BR4/8/2
12 July 2018
AMEY ROSTER BANDING, WALES ROUTE – NETWORK RAIL MAINTENANCE
Members will no doubt be aware of ongoing issues surrounding Roster Banding for ex-Amey staff in the Wales route. In fact, the concerns over the incorrect banding – and pay – allocation have rumbled on since avoidance of disputes meetings held way back in 2016 had apparently resolved the issue without this being enacted.
I can now advise you that this matter has again been subject to recent discussions at which a tentative agreement was reached where management agreed to pay any staff (as mutually agreed between both parties) who worked a roster which exceeded 40 weekend turns per annum (but paid only at Roster Band 2 level) arrears of pay only at Roster Band 3 level. This is to include any Higher Graded Duty payments.
The payment of arrears will only be made for anytime during the agreed time period – April 2013 to April 2017.
Assurance was also given by the company that the principle agreed at the Avoidance of Dispute meeting of 15th June 2016 with respect to the following clause (only) will be adhered to:
“Current and future vacancies to take account of Roster Band requirements and therefore any requirement to exceed 40 weekend turns per annum will be advertised at Roster Band 3.”
Further, that any staff required in the future to work more than 40 weekend turns would be paid at Roster Band 3.
Your reps who were involved in the negotiations recommended to your National Executive Committee that this proposed agreement be endorsed, which the NEC duly did.
This therefore resolves this long-drawn out situation and hopefully you will see the benefits of this agreement, which was reached through the sterling work of your representatives.