Recognition and Reward Commonwealth Games 2014

Recognition and Reward Commonwealth Games 2014

16 June 2014

RMT

Circular No IR/160/14

Circular No IR/160/14


To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils


Our Ref: BR1/22/2
12th June 2014


Dear Colleagues

RECOGNITION AND REWARD COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014

Further to my previous circular on the above matter dated 11th April 2014 (IR/109/14), in which I advised you that union is seeking recognition and reward for the addition duties and responsibilities that will be placed upon our members during and in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. I can report that following long and protracted talks with First Scotrail, the following offer has been tabled:

Station Grades (except Station Grades within Head of Facilities), TS and CO (except CO Grades within HQ and Admin Support Functions) and Station Gateline CSA.

•    All members working in the G1 – G8 of the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area will be paid a flat rate addition of £275 to deliver Commonwealth Games services. In addition to the above locations, Paisley Gilmore Street, Motherwell and Dalmuir (except TS Grades) will attract the £275 payment.
•    Those staff in this area will be fully flexible, in terms of shift, duties and location for the duration of the Games. They must complete all rostered turns during the Games period to get a flat rate payment.
•    For staff who are based out of the G1 – G8 area but have their shift time altered by a plus 2 hour movement will be entitled to a flat rate payment of £100.
•    For staff who are based out of the G1 – G8 area and have no alteration to shift time will be entitled to a flat rate payment of £50.
•    Any member of staff in these Grades who do not qualify for the £275 flat rate can apply to be volunteers. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible, in terms of shift, duties and location for the duration of the Games to qualify for the £275.
•    The additional payments are dependent on attendance for rostered work during the Commonwealth Games. In the event of non-attendance then the lumps sum will be forfeited. For clarity, non-attendance would include leave and sickness absence.
•    These payments will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.
•    These payments will be made at the conclusion of the Games and entered through the paybill in time for the 29th August bank transfer.      
Station Grades within Head of Facilities  

•    It is anticipated that staff in these grades will not be subject to any alterations and therefore will be entitled to the £50 flat rate payment. However, if required they may have their shift time altered by a plus 2 hour movement and will become entitled to a flat rate payment of £100.
•    Any member of staff in these grades can apply to be volunteers. The Games
•    Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment of £275.
•    These payments will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.
 
CO Grades within HQ and Admin Support Functions

•    It is anticipated that staff in these grades will not be subject to any alterations and therefore will be entitled to the £50 flat rate payment.
•    CO grades within these functions can volunteer to deliver the Games. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period to qualify for the £275. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    This payment will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.

Operations Supervisors and Team Leaders

•    All above staff located at the following depots: Glasgow Central, Queen Street, Motherwell, Paisley, Dalmuir, Yoker, Helensburgh, Airdrie & Bathgate will be paid a flat rate addition of £275 to deliver Commonwealth Games services. Those staff at these locations will be fully flexible, in terms of shift, duties and location for the duration of the games. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    For staff who are based at other locations but have their shift time altered by a plus 2 hour movement will be entitled to a flat rate payment of £100.
•    For staff having no alteration to shift time will be entitled to a flat rate payment of £50.
•    Any member of staff in these grades who do not qualify for the £275 flat rate can apply to be volunteers. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it’s possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period to qualify for the £275.
•    The additional payments are dependent on attendance for rostered work during the period of the Commonwealth Games. In the event of non-attendance then the lump sum payment will be forfeited. For clarity, non-attendance would include leave and sickness absence. These payments will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.
•    These payments will be made at the conclusion of the Games and entered through the paybill in time for the 29th August bank transfer.      

SOM

•    It is anticipated that there are some staff within this grade who may not have any alteration to diagram but others may have significant changes to diagram.
•    Where there is no change or minimum change to usual diagram staff will be entitled to the £50 flat rate payment.
•    Where there is a major change to diagram or for any staff who volunteer and are selected to take part they will then become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period and will qualify for the £275. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.

MS, SM and Engineering Managers

•    It is anticipated that staff in these grades will not be subject to any alterations and therefore will be entitled to the £50 flat rate payment.
•    Members of staff in these grades are encouraged to volunteer to deliver the Games.
•    The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period to qualify for the £275. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    Where staff are rostered to work a rest day or Sunday they will be awarded a flat rate payment of £150 with no other enhancements or time back facility

Conductors and Ticket Examiners

There will be varying degrees of impact on diagram and there will be three levels of flat rate payment depending on impact:-

Payment    Impact on Diagram    Definition
£50    No Impact or Minor Impact    Only 1 or 2 changes to diagram at location
£100    Medium Impact    Limited change to book on and off times at location
£275    Major Impact    Majority of diagrams cancelled and reissued

•    A company council meeting will be held on receipt of diagrams to grade each depot accordingly.
•    Staff receiving the £275 will be fully flexible, in terms of shift, duties and local on for the duration of the games. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    Any member of staff in these grades who do not qualify for the £275 flat rate can apply to be volunteers. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment of £275.
•    It is also recognized that we will be increasing the number of Sunday turns on 27 July and 03 August in order to deliver the enhanced timetable. There will also be a requirement to cancel or retime a number of diagrammed turns. In respect of this, a payment of time plus one quarter will be paid for the two Sundays. This will apply to any additional turn created to deliver the Commonwealth Games timetable. It will also apply to the depots that are involved in the direct delivery of the Commonwealth Games. Any turn that has an additional quarter time will have an allowed movement of plus or minus four hours. All known Sunday work will be rostered.
•    These payments will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.
•    Conductors or Ticket Examiners who are off train running will have the option to make themselves available as Volunteers. If a Conductor or Ticket Examiner declines to volunteer then no additional flat rate payment will be paid.
•    The additional payments are dependent on attendance for rostered work during the period of the Commonwealth Games. In the event of non-attendance then the lump sum payment will be forfeited. For clarity, non-attendance would include leave and sickness absence
•    These payments will be made at the conclusion of the games and entered through the paybill in time for the 29 August bank transfer.

Engineering and Traincare A, B & C Grades

•    All staff working at all depots will qualify for the £275 payment they are fully flexible and have altered their shift patterns or locations altered to deliver the games.
•    They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    For staff that have no alteration to their shift pattern or location but have completed
additional workload prior to or after the games to deliver the exam plan will be entitled to the flat rate payment of £100. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    For staff who have no alteration to shift time, location or workload will be entitled to a flat rate payment of £50. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment.
•    Any member of staff in these grades who do not qualify for the £275 flat rate can apply to be volunteers. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment
•    These payments will be in addition to any existing contractual arrangements.
•    The additional payments are dependent on attendance for rostered work during the period of the Commonwealth Games. In the event of non-attendance then the lump sum payment will be forfeited. For clarity, non-attendance would include leave and sickness absence.
•    These payments will be made at the conclusion of the games and entered through the paybill in time for the 29 August bank transfer.
•    Specifically for Engineering maintenance staff special consideration would be given to any employee who was required to alter their shift, location or work in the lead up or following the Games, but was not affected during the duration of the Games.

Sleeper Host, Team Leader, Train Manager and OTC grades

•    It is anticipated that staff in these grades will not be subject to any alterations and therefore will be entitled to the £50 flat rate payment
•    Any member of staff in these grades can apply to be volunteers. The Games Management will make a decision on whether it is possible to utilise the member of staff as a volunteer. If selected as a volunteer then the member of staff would become fully flexible in terms of shift, duties and location during the games period. They must complete all rostered turns during the games period to get the flat rate payment of £275

Other Arrangements

•    It is proposed to suspend staff and representation activities, with the exception of diagram scrutiny, to ensure maximum availability of staff.
•    For the period of the Commonwealth Games the Company will refrain from taking action to dismiss employees under its disciplinary procedure and if necessary shall suspend employees on normal pay until 4th August 2014 when normal disciplinary proceedings will continue.

The offer has been deliberated by the General Grades Committee which has taken into consideration the wishes of our representatives and it has instructed me to advise the company of our acceptance of the offer.

I would be most grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all your First Scotrail members.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
Acting General Secretary  

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