Breaches of National Rostering Agreement – Network Rail Scotland

12th October 2017

Dear Colleague,

Breaches of National Rostering Agreement – Network Rail Scotland

As you are aware this Union has been in discussion with Network Rail in Scotland over what we see as their Breaches of the long standing National Rostering Agreement and the implications of rest period as recommended by the Hidden report.

I have today written to Network Rail advising them that we are in dispute over this matter and of course that could mean we end up balloting you for industrial action.

A further meeting is to be held with the company tomorrow and it is hoped that sense will prevail and that the company will abide by these long standing working arrangement.

However, I have also received a letter from Network Rail’s Head of Human Relations accusing you and your colleagues of taking unofficial action in the form of an overtime and rest day working ban. The union has no knowledge of this and also does not believe there is any hard evidence to confirm this is even the case. However the anti-trade union laws are stacked against us so I must inform you that as of this time your National Executive Committee has not instructed you to undertake an overtime or rest day working ban and you are instructed to work normally.

I am sure you are aware that to take any industrial action we have to hold a ballot, if unofficial action is taken then any subsequent ballot could be ‘tainted’ which would mean we would be unable to have a dispute on this matter.

I, obviously, do not like having to write to you in this way but in order to safeguard the union, you, your colleagues and any future dispute it is better to be safe than sorry.

Yours sincerely,


Mick Cash
General Secretary