Our Ref: BR1/15/4
1st November 2018
RE-ORGANISATION & REDUCTION IN STAFFING – STADLER (MERSYRAIL CONTRACT)
As you are aware, in October last year all Merseyrail fleet maintenance, carriage cleaning and shunting operations transferred over to Stadler Rail Services. The Transformation and Reorganisation Arrangements (TARA) process is now in full operation, with the company preparing for the introduction of the new Class 777 Merseryrail fleet.
Our Lead Officer and Company Council Representatives have been in a number of long and protracted discussions that have taken place over the last six months. Under the TARA process staff will move to the new Kirkdale depot, which will see the existing facility at Birkenhead North TMD reduce to a stabling point, with a couple of units being cleaned there. This means that all engineering staff in the future will be located at Kirkdale.
Stadler’s original plan was to transfer all staff on the basis of selection and interview, forcing staff to sign up to a new contract with Stadler T&C’s. However, after strong representation from your union the company has accepted the union’s position that PTR&R will apply to all positions in the new depot. This will now mean any proposed changes to you and your colleague’s terms and conditions will have to be agreed and discussed with your union.
Furthermore, the union has been successful in achieving no compulsory redundancies, which has had a significant impact on the company’s approach to any plans to reduce the headcount establishment. The union also negotiated that should the company offer any Voluntary Redundancies, they will have to either use the ‘Green Book Workshop Redundancy Arrangements’ or the Government Scheme, whichever is greater for the member.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has welcomed our Lead Officers report that Stadler will adhere to PTR&R and that no compulsory redundancies will take place. The union will continue to remain vigilant on these issues and our Lead Officer will continue to ensure that Stadler abide by all agreements.
I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.