Our Ref: BR2/0001/LNER
18TH December 2018
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2019 – London North Eastern Railway
Referring to the above, I write to advise you that the consultation of your reps has concluded and the matter has been considered once more by your National Executive Committee (NEC).
The NEC has instructed me to inform the company of our acceptance of the offer. This instruction has been carried out and I have requested that the increase and the back monies are paid at the earliest opportunity.
For ease of reference the accepted offer is as follows:-
• An increase of 3.0% or RPI on basic pay and associated allowances effective from Sunday 31st March 2019, or a minimum payment of £600 (whichever of these being the greater)
• An increase equivalent to RPI on basic pay and associated allowances effective from Sunday 29th March 2020. An offer of a minimum payment in Year Two, which will be calculated in accordance with the methodology in Year One, the amount being dependent upon RPI at that time.
In both years, the RPI reference period is February, with all increases in pay remaining subject to the pension cap.
Included within our offer is a commitment to mobile technology, with all employees engaging fully in this area and using the mobile telephones issued as part of their everyday role.
A proposal for a joint communication to meaningful discussions in the following areas:-
To establish a joint working group to review current absence trends with a view to identifying causes of absence and exploring opportunities which will lead to improved attendance at work, the scope of this working group will be jointly agreed however the identified objectives include:-
• Improvements in employee attendance delivering a decreased absence trend.
• Exploring the potential of and introducing employee wellbeing initiatives.
• Encouraging personal responsibility for health and wellbeing including initiatives such as on line return to work declarations.
• Addressing statutory issues of non-compliance within the current policy.
Grade Specific Projects
To engage in meaningful discussions with trade unions with a view to reaching agreement in the following areas:-
To discuss and agree additional pay enhancements for travel centre grades paid in April 2020, subject to the successful introduction of:-
• Multi-skilled travel consultant positions including front of house floor walking activities.
• Mobile ticket retailing technology
Station & Travel Centre
To develop a specific working group to review resourcing options in small stations and travel centres including consideration of the benefits of a multi-skilling allowance payable to employees achieving cross functional station and travel centre competence. The working group will:-
• Explore and discuss the benefits of multi-skilling by station and travel centre location.
• Explore the long term and phased introduction of a multi skilled model in identified locations.
The company has confirmed that no reduction in station and travel centre roles will arise from these grade specific projects.