Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2020 – Hitachi

Our Ref: BR2/0001/H
 
7th October 2020
 
Dear Colleague,
 
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2020 – Hitachi
 
Further to my previous correspondence dated 2nd October 2020 where I advised you of the strike action called for by your union, I write to you again to provide you with additional information and clarification. Your negotiating committee has now concluded talks with the Hitachi and that following the two meetings, there has been no real or significant improvement to the offer as communicated to your union on 6th August 2020. 
 
For clarification I again set out in detail the offers made:-
 
For those of you working on what are considered the ex GNER/LNER legacy depots, namely CRAIGENTINNY AND BOUNDS GREEN – a multi-year offer consisting of the following:-
 
  • The percentage increase to salary remains at 2:5% (utilising the February 2020 RPI rate), backdated to the anniversary date of April. Though a one off unconsolidated payment of £150:00 has been tabled in addition.
 
  • Years 2 and 3 to receive either RPI (utilising the December RPI rates for these subsequent years) + an unconsolidated payment of £150:00 or 1% + an unconsolidated payment of £150:00 (whichever the greater).
 
  • Overtime Rates being calculated against a true 35 hour week with an agreed formula (such 1:25% or 1:3%) as opposed to an historic calculation of x 42:79, which turn delivers an lower hourly overtime rate to that of the base salary.  During the course of our negotiations your negotiating team did managed to partially correct a formula attributed to the 2007 Engineering Agreement, in which the employer agreed to remove 330 hours from the contracted hours of 2356 and afford a rate of 1:3%.  
 
  • However, there remained 200 Reserve Hours, which if not also removed could not deliver upon your union’s demand. It was proposed to the employer as a compromise, that they could look to aggregate a reduction of the 200 hours over the three year period in order of achieving the aspiration. This proposal was rejected by Hitachi.
 
Subsequently other than the 3 x £150:00 payments nothing was achieved.
 
For those of you working at LONDON NORTH POLE AND DONCASTER on Hitachi Contracts of Employment (01\\04\\18), the offer is as follows:-
 
  • The percentage increase to salary remains at 2:5% (using the February 2020 RPI rate), backdated to the anniversary date of April.  Though a one off unconsolidated payment of £150:00 has been tabled in addition.
 
  • Years 2 and 3 to receive either RPI (using the December RPI rates for these subsequent years) + an unconsolidated payment of £150:00 or 1% + an unconsolidated payment of £150:00 (whichever the greater).
 
  • An immediate reduction in the working week from 40 hours down to 38 hours.  Your union pushed for Hitachi to expand upon this and to reduce the working week further over the course of the award firstly down to 35 hours and then compromised at 37 hours. Hitachi again rejected our reasonable proposal.
 
  • The provision of a paid meal break.
 
  • Hitachi’s proposed reduction in the Annual Leave Entitlement for the London North Pole Depot i.e. 33 days (Shift Workers) incrementally reduced in line with the multi-year award down to 31 Year 2 then down to 29 year 3 with the leave entitlement being 28 days by 2023.  For information DoncastersAnnual Leave entitlement is currently calculated at 264 hours pro-rata – 11 hour shift patterns.  Your union proposed to Hitachi about buying out the annual leave in order of achieving a consistent level across the two depots and for this to be paid to those respective employees as an annual payment. Once more Hitachi has rejected a perfectly reasonable offer.
 
Again nothing achieved other than the 3 x £150:00 payments.
 
CORE WORKER AGREEMENT:-
 
·         The Core Worker Agreement (CWA) appeared to be agreed in principle and at the moment there is nothing further to add.  
 
WHEEL LATHE TECHNICIANS (DONCASTER)
 
·         Matters affecting the Wheel Lathe Technicians at Doncaster, again it has been agreed that this role will be paid at the Maintenance Technician rate. However, this has now created further bewilderment as it appears different rates are being applied at different depots and there is concern as to the backdated remuneration that is to be afforded i.e. an agreed date.  Your union has requested a copy of the respective skills\\competency matrices and associated role descriptions, to ensure your union can undertake a meaningful review.
 
CLARIFICATION ON THE STRIKE ACTION TO BE TAKEN:-
 
BOUNDS GREEN, CRAIGENTINNY & DONCASTER MEMBERS
 
  • Not to book on for any shifts commencing from 05:59 hours on Sunday 18th October 2020 until 05:58 hours on Tuesday 20th October 2020
 
To clarify, any shifts that you book onto on Saturday 17th October which may take you into Sunday 18thOctober must be completed. You do not book on for ANY shifts that commence AFTER 05:59 on Sunday 18th October. 
 
For example if you have a shift that begins at 23:30 on Saturday 17th October but ends at 06:30 on Sunday 18th October, you must finish this shift. If you are due to commence shifts again at 23:30 on Sunday 18thOctober, you do not book on for this shift and so forth until the strike action finishes at 05:58 on Tuesday 20th October.
 
LONDON NORTH POLE MEMBERS
 
  • Not to book on for any shifts commencing from 20:00 hours on Monday 19th October 2020 until 19:59 on Wednesday 21st October 2020
 
To clarify, any shifts that you book onto on Monday 19th October which commences before the strike action time of 20:00, you must complete this shift. Any shifts that commence AFTER 20:00 on Monday 19th October are not to be booked on for until the strike action finishes on Wednesday 21st October at 19:59, which could take you into Thursday 22nd October.
 
For example, if you are due to book on for a shift at 19:30 on Wednesday 21st October (before the action finishes) but this shift would finish at 02:30 on Thursday 22nd October, you do not book on for this shift.
 
If you need further clarification, please contact either your local RMT representative or the helpline on 0800 376 3706 or email your query to info@rmt.org.uk
 
 
 STAND FIRM TOGETHER - SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary