27th November 2020
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS AT MERSEYRAIL
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2020 – MERSEYRAIL
Further to my letter of 1st September 2020 you will be aware that the company had put off pay discussions citing the current coronavirus situation and its current financial situation. We gave the company a clear deadline that that pay talks needed to take place by not later than November but regrettably the company has failed to make any offer or agree to talks. Having met with your representatives the NEC has decided we have no alternative but to declare a dispute on this issue and urgent talks have been requested to try to resolve this mater.
Understandably you and your colleagues will be incredibly frustrated at the news that the company has made no offer on pay. As far as this union is concerned, you and your colleagues should not have to pay the price of the pandemic especially when you have continued to provide a high quality service in extremely difficult circumstances at your own personal risk.
The company may plead poverty as they have not received EMA or EMRA funding from the Government but they have continued to be fully funded by their owners Serco and Abellio. Merseyrail has been a consistently profitable business over the years and that success is down to your hard work. Now is not the time so see you receive real terms cuts in your pay by failing to keep your wages in line with the increase in cost of living.
In light of our declaring a dispute we are preparing a ballot matrix in case it will be necessary to ballot members for industrial action. With this in mind I would be grateful if members would ensure we have correct contact and employment details for you. This can be accessed in the members area of the website or alternatively you can also email us in firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the helpline on 0800 376 3706.
I will keep members fully informed of any developments.