Our Ref BR5/8/1
12th March 2020
TO ALL ELECTRICAL CONTROLLER MEMBERS AT YORK
BEDFORD TO CORBY ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT – YORK ELECTRICAL CONTROL OPERATORS – ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD – NETWORK RAIL
I write in relation to discussions that have been held between your representatives and Network Rail in relation to the Bedford and Corby electrification project which will see an additional workload for Electrical Control staff at York ECR.
The union’s National Executive Committee has today considered the proposal that emerged from these discussions which is outlined below.
- Network Rail and the Trades Unions will put renewed energy into the work of the joint working group, under the authority of the National Operations Council, to explore the options to update and agree a new and fit for purpose grading system for ECO’s.
- Network Rail commits to commission workload assessments within the York ECR in consultation with the local health and safety representatives and will confirm a date for this at the earliest opportunity.
- The ECO’s at York will fully support the training, testing, implementation and running of the Bedford to Corby electrification project, (the L2C project) and the Power Supply upgrade scheduled for June 2021.
- In return for the above points, the ECO’s at York will receive an additional hourly supplement payment of £4.00 per hour. This supplement is to attract the contractual enhancements, (e.g. overtime), associated to the terms and conditions of employment of an ECO grade; it will not be pensionable.
- The supplement will apply to all ECO’s at York and will not be reviewed as part of annual wage negotiations.
- The supplement will be paid a period in arrears in order to enable proper calculation of the individuals sum including enhancements.
- At the point at which a new grading system is agreed and implemented the £4.00 hourly supplement will cease and ECO’s at York will move onto the new agreed grading system.
- The payment will commence from Monday 16 March 2020 and will be made for up to a 12 months period. Should the joint working group not have concluded its review and agreement of a new grading system for ECO’s by this, time the £4.00 hourly supplement will be renewed for a further 12 months rolling period. Employees who are currently ECO7 will remain in their substantive post/grade but will receive the interim salary on a personal basis based on the above conditions.
- The above is considered a temporary [interim] arrangement solely for ECO employees within York ECR, in acknowledgement of the additional workload the L2C programme creates and Power Supply upgrade scheduled for June 2021.
Having considered these proposals, the NEC has accepted these proposals and the company has been informed accordingly.