Since 2010 the cost of living (RPI) has gone up by 26% while your wages have increased by just 18%. This is why you still lag behind the current cost of living and East Midlands offer of 3.6% with a minimum payment of just £650 is simply not good enough.
Recent awards in other comparable train operating companies show why: A “no-strings” increase of 3.7% to basic pay and all dynamic allowances for C2C; a 3.9% increase to basic rates of pay on South Western Railways and a 3.75% increase at MTR Crossrail all show what can be achieved if members are determined and united.
Through your hard work and commitment the company made a profit after tax of £19.8 million in 2017 of which £15m was found to pay the shareholders for doing nothing.
The highest paid EMT director received over £250,000 last year, but how was the profit and success generated made? Who made this franchise still the best performing long distance operator in the country? The answer is simple: it is all because of your hard work.
In these circumstances is it not reasonable to expect the company to recognise the hard work and commitment of the staff and offer an above inflation wage increase.
Predictions of a further increase in passenger revenue will see an increase of over £12 million into the coffers and if the actual increase in periods 1 and 2 of 6% and 7% are maintained this will be doubled. If we really are “one team where everyone counts” let’s motivate and engage the workforce by harmonising all conditions now while at the same time giving a pay award which reflects and celebrates the outstanding efforts of the staff.
We have two choices. We can let them get away with another year of pay cuts despite another successful business year for the company who receive £115 million subsidy from the taxpayer in order to operate, or we demand recognition that it is you and your colleagues which generate the profits and you stand firm for a pay rise which gives you dignity and respect.
To this end I have asked your representatives to prepare a ballot matrix and we will be holding a referendum ballot on the company pay offer.
We strongly recommend that you vote NO TO THE PAY OFFER AND PREPARE FOR ACTION TO WIN A FAIR PAYRISE.
If in the meantime the company agrees to make a substantially increased offer we will give it due consideration. In the coming period please recruit all non-members to the RMT as it is easier to win disputes when everyone is in the union.