Our Ref BR6/0001
22nd September 2021
RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2021 – NETWORK RAIL
Further to my previous letter of 8th September 2021, I write to advise members that your National Executive Committee yesterday considered reports from our Lead Officers for Maintenance and Operations raising concerns on the company’s approach to discussions.
We understand that the “independent” facilitators the company intend to use to aid the sub-group discussions are either directly employed by Network Rail or have established links to significant parties involved in the process. We have also been informed these facilitators are already deeply embedded in the Transformation Team and have been attending weekly meetings tasked to draw up changes. As a result, we have today informed Network Rail that we have considerable concerns over the supposed independence of these facilitators and their involvement in the process.
In addition we are also concerned that Network Rail are insisting that the business of the National Operations and Maintenance Councils as well as numerous consultations meetings are to run in tandem with the Co-Analysis Subgroups. Along with the already existing work for our National Representatives in their regional constituencies there will also be additional workloads arising from the Co-analysis groups themselves. This approach is stretching the resources of your Lead Officers and Representatives and is unacceptable to this union. The National Executive Committee has therefore decided that we cannot participate in the Co-analysis groups while the existing workload generated by Network Rail remains in place.
We will not accept Network Rail dictating what should be addressed and we have told them there must be a joint agreement between us on priorities and workloads. Network Rail have been told that the Co-Analysis Subgroups should be immediately paused to allow this to be discussed and agreed.
I will keep members informed of any further developments.