11 October 2019
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT has condemned a paltry pay offer on Arriva Rail North and called for its members to reject the proposals in a forthcoming referendum.
After dragging its heels the company has withdrawn a pay offer and additionally removed enhancements to paternity and maternity rights that were previously afforded to members on lower pay rates.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“We are calling on our members to reject Arriva Rail North’s paltry offer in the forthcoming referendum.
“As an all grades union we are opposed to our members being offered a raw deal which allows drivers pay and benefits to even further outstrip the pay and benefits of other grades.
“The hard work that our members have done for Arriva Rail North should be properly rewarded and the remuneration should be equally distributed across all grades.
“The company needs to come to its senses and offer a fair deal for all workers across all grades or expect to see coordinated action with our sister unions until a fair deal is put on the table.”