Our Ref BR4/27/2

25th January 2021

Dear Colleagues


I write to inform members that your Lead Officer has reported on the negotiation and consultation that has taken place with Network Rail regarding their proposal for a variety of assets to be monitored by a single role.

Network Rail’s initial proposal was for the existing Control Centre Technicians to undertake the monitoring of equipment outside of their previously agreed responsibilities and from other work disciplines. The Control Centre Technician role was introduced to monitor S&T equipment only and the initial proposal was unacceptable to your Negotiating Team.

The new role of Intelligent Infrastructure Technician was subsequently proposed following further discussion, with a new job description, paid at the rate of an S&T Grade 4, and with RMT as the recognised union for the new role. The proposal is for the new role to be implemented immediately in some areas and where aspects of the work has been carried out by those in other positions and without agreement there is a need to migrate the work into the new role that will likely take longer. This position has been recommended for acceptance by your Negotiating Team.

Your Lead Officer has further reported on a number of different new technology proposals that we have been in consultation with Network Rail about. The trialing of these specific technologies is supported by the National Maintenance Council and for the output of the trials to be evaluated before a further report is provided for the National Executive Committee for consideration.

Your National Executive Committee has considered both the introduction of the new role of Intelligent Infrastructure Technician and New Technology more generally. Noting the report on the new role I have been instructed to write to Network Rail and provide our acceptance of the post. Where our Lead Officer and Representatives have been consulted over the introduction of new technology and its proposed trial a further report has been requested by the National Executive Committee once the trials’ outcomes have been evaluated.

I have further been instructed to request a meeting with Network Rail to discuss their plans for the introduction of new technology more widely in the future. Representatives are currently engaged in a number of consultations to ensure that new technology is both safe and effective and a greater understanding of the company’s strategy will aid us in this.

I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue as they arise.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary