Our Ref: BR2/0001/ARN
18th April 2019
TO ALL ARRIVA RAIL NORTH MEMBERS
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2019 – Arriva Rail North
ASLEF & ARN MANAGEMENT’S SELL-OUT ON YOUR PAY INCREASE
As you are no doubt aware the anniversary date for your pay is 1st April and your union has made every effort to negotiate an offer for all grades but to no avail, the continuing delay lies firmly at the door of the company.
However after a meeting held on 16th April 2019, the following offer was tabled by the company but it is nothing more than an insult to you and your colleagues:-
• A 1:8% increase to rates of Pay and Conditions of Service or a flat rate payment of £375:00 for the lowest paid within the company.
• The harmonisation of Maternity Benefits, in that the ex TPE staff will now receive the same entitlement as their counterparts within the ex-Northern Rail franchise, namely; 39 weeks leave at full pay or 90% of their basic salary. Paternity benefit to increase from the current two weeks up to three weeks at full pay.
• To approach ATOC/RDG with regards to seeking travel arrangements in line with current Safeguarded employees.
The main part of the offer, bullet point one, falls woefully below the current level of the Retail Price Index of 2:5%, which in real terms means a pay cut!
Sadly to say ASLEF declined to attend the meeting where this offer was tabled and it later became painfully clear why. Yet again they have bypassed the Collective Bargaining process and have done a deal behind ours and our other sister unions’ backs, giving their members a 4% increase. By doing so ASLEF and Arriva Rail North has in effect taken money from the ‘pay pot’ and given it to the highest paid which denies all other grades a fair and decent pay rise.
This behaviour by a fellow trade union is nothing but a betrayal of every principle of Trade Unionism and it is clear that their duplicity with management is reprehensible.
Simply put, this is not acceptable behaviour and your union will fight for a better pay offer for you with every weapon at our disposal. In fact your National Executive Committee has called a meeting with your Lead Officer, Micky Thompson, and your representatives over a breakdown in industrial relations which will have the potential to lead to a ballot for industrial action if things continue as they are.