21 December 2023
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT has received numerous disturbing reports of major underpayments of wages for maintenance staff throughout the country, with many adding up to hundreds of pounds and some in the thousands.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written urgently to the company to demand action as members are also reporting that they unable to even contact the payroll department, with phone calls and emails remaining unanswered.
“Such matters would be concerning at any time of the year, but for this to happen in the run up to Christmas when people have financial commitments and spending promises make it more shocking.
“Some of our members are experiencing not just a financial crisis but also a mental health crisis as a result of the strain placed on them and their families.
“I have asked Network Rail why they would expect staff turn up for shifts over the Christmas period if they are unsure whether they get paid or not?
“The union has called on the company to take emergency measures to rectify this problem or RMT will consider an industrial response,” he said.