Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2017 – Wettons (Southeastern Railways Contract)

Our Ref: BR1/0001/W(SE)

2nd November 2017

Dear Colleague,

Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2017 – Wettons
(Southeastern Railways Contract)

Referring to my previous correspondence dated 31st October 2017, I write to you again to update on the latest developments. You will recall that a revised offer had been received from the Company and we were seeking some clarification which we have received. The revised offer is:-

Members working at Victoria Train Station, Charing Cross Station, Cannon Street Station and St Pancras Station:-

     5th November 2017:

•    A minimum wage increase of £8.00 per hour providing members currently on £7.50 per hour with a further 50p increase. Any members at the above locations that already receive a combined salary which is £9.00 per hour will receive a 20p increase on the same day.

     22nd April 2018:

•    An increase of 20p per hour to all members at the above locations.

     7th October 2018:

•    From this date, the standard minimum combined salary wage rate will increase to £8.40 per hour.

At Victoria Sidings the following improved wage rates are as follows:-

     5th November 2017:

•    A 50p increase per hour for all members working in the sidings. For any members whose combined salary which is above £9.25 per hour, they will receive an increase of 20p per hour.

     22nd April 2017:

•    A 20p increase per hour for all members working in the sidings.

     7th October 2018:

•    From this date the standard minimum combined salary wage rate will increase to ensure that the Company pays £8.82 per hour for Night Operatives and £8.72 per hour for Day Operatives.

Members working in the remaining Depots and Sidings, except Victoria Sidings, all Operatives will receive the following:-

     24th April 2017:

•    A 20p per hour increase which will be backdated to 24th April 2017 providing a lump sum payment due to these members upon acceptance of the offer.

     22nd April 2018:

•    The standard Night Operative wage rates will be increased to £8.27 with Day Operatives paid £8.17 per hour. Those Operatives that have a combined salary which exceeds £8.27 per hour for nights and £8.17 per hour for days will receive 20p per hour increase.

     7th October 2018:

•    From this date; the standard minimum combined salary wage rate will increase to ensure that members are paid £8.50 per hour for Night Operatives and £8.40 for Day Operatives.

At all remaining platforms where members carry out turnaround cleaning with the exception of Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Victoria and St Pancras whose proposal is detailed above, all Operatives will receive a minimum of £7.50 per hour regardless of their age and then the following increases:-

     24th April 2017:

•    All ex-BR staff that are already paid a combined salary which is above £7.50 per hour will receive a backdated increase on their pensionable pay of 20p per hour on acceptance of the offer.

     25th March 2018:

•    All members to receive a standard minimum wage rate of £7.95 per hour and for those members whose combined salary already exceeds the £7.95 per hour at this date will receive a 20p increase on their wage rate.

     7th October 2018:

•    From this date; the standard minimum combined salary wage rate will increase to £8.10 per hour.

The offer has been rejected by your National Executive Committee (NEC) for the following reasons:-

1.    Turnaround Station Cleaners outside of London Terminals will receive no increase for 2017 except for the rise in the National Minimum Wage and the increase proposed for the next year is only what we expect to be mandatory from the 2018 rise in the National Minimum Wage.

2.    Wettons’ proposed increases for London Terminals and Victoria depot cleaners still leaves them a long way short of the Resolution Foundation’s London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour.

The NEC has instructed that the negotiating team seeks a further meeting with the Company to urge them to make improvements to the offer. It will be made perfectly clear to the Company that if no improvements are made then RMT will consider using our ballot result to call for industrial action.

I will keep you updated of all further developments.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary