RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2017 - NETWORK RAIL (OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE CUSTOMER SERVICES AND BANDS 5 TO 8)

Our Ref BR6/0001

2nd February 2017

TO ALL NETWORK RAIL MEMBERS

Dear Colleague,

RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2017 - NETWORK RAIL (OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE CUSTOMER SERVICES AND BANDS 5 TO 8)

Further to my letter dated 23rd January 2017 you will be aware that at the end of 2016 we a submitted formal pay claim for a substantial increase in rates of pay and improvements to conditions of service for Network Rail staff. Several meetings took place to discuss our claim and the initial proposals from the company included several productivity strings. Our representations have resulted in a much simpler no-strings two year proposal the details of which are as follows: -

1.    Network Rail commits to pay all employees in the bargaining groups a consolidated increase equal to: -

a.    RPI as at November 2016 (published December 2016), on basic pay with effect from 1st January 2017.
b.    RPI as at November 2017 (published December 2017), on basic pay with effect from 1st January 2018.

NB: The November 2016 RPI figure was 2.2%

2.    For those on Role Clarity contracts

a.    The increase will be distributed based on performance ratings, with the full negotiated figure paid in aggregate, but with differential increases to reflect individual performance ratings.
b.    For those at the top of the salary band, the increases will be made as a non-consolidated payment.

London Allowances

3.    All those currently in receipt of inner and outer London Allowances will have these allowances increased by 29%. The definitions of these allowances will be based on the mileages according to employees’ terms and conditions of employment.

No Compulsory Redundancies

4.    Network Rail guaranteed no compulsory redundancies across all members of these bargaining groups until 31st December 2018.

5.    The above is applicable provided an employee does not refuse suitable alternative employment, in line with PTR&R or the People Process, as appropriate to the employee.

As previously advised, a meeting of all Ops and Maintenance Area Council representatives was held on Wednesday 1st February 2017 to discuss this offer. Having considered the views of our reps in attendance, which indicated a clear mandate to recommend the offer for acceptance, the National Executive Committee has decided to accept this offer.

At a time of nationwide cuts and austerity with Network Rail becoming a public sector company, we believe we have negotiated a good offer as it will see pay and jobs protection for our Network Rail members for the next two years. You will receive a 2.2% increase for 2017 and the second year guarantees you will receive a minimum inflation increase for 2018. The No Compulsory Redundancy commitment also gives vital job security our members over the next two years.

I have informed the company of our acceptance and have requested the increase as well as backpay is implemented at the earliest opportunity.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary