Top rail bosses "pay hypocrisy"

Top rail bosses

1 May 2015

RMT Press Office

As thousands of Network Rail staff begin returning their ballot papers in a national RMT vote for action the union has turned the spotlight on the high-rolling world of the rail bosses who claim that they cannot afford a fair deal on pay and conditions for the men and women working round the clock to keep Britain moving.

Those very same rail industry bosses who say they cannot award rail workers decent pay rise this year are at the same time awarding themselves bumper pay rises and lapping up eye-watering remuneration packages.


A snapshot of what some of the Network Rail executive directors are drawing down is certain to fuel the mood of anger in the workplace:



% increase


Patrick Butcher




Robin Gisby




Simon Kirby





Network rail workers work unsociable hours often in dirty and dangerous conditions to keep the railway moving. Meanwhile the highest paid executives of the Train Operating companies who make massive profits on the back of running their services on Network Rail are raking it in as shown by the table below:



% increase

David Brown

Go-Ahead Group



Tim O'Toole

First Group



Martin Griffiths

Stagecoach Group



Dean Finch

National Express Group




When it comes to pay and pay rises it is one law for the rail bosses and another for the Network Rail workers who voted by over 90% in an earlier referendum ballot to reject NR’s pay proposals:


Network Rail pay rates on an averaged basis

Trackman Basic


Signaller 6 (middle of grade scale)

£34, 127


 Up to 16,000 RMT members are being balloted in all areas of Network Rail in the current industrial action vote with the ballot closing on Tuesday 12th May.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“There can be no argument that Network Rail cannot afford a fair and decent pay deal for its staff when the company is generating profits of £1 billion a year and the top executives are jetting around Business Class and drawing down high-rolling salaries that are light years away from the dangerous and dirty world of work that is the daily reality for our members. Even David Cameron has said that Britain needs a pay rise and it’s about time pressure was applied to NR to offer a fair and proper reward to its staff.

“RMT has made it clear that a one off, non-consolidated, lump-sum payment this year is wholly inadequate and fails to recognise the massive pressures staff are working under to keep services running. It is our members battling to keep Britain moving around the clock and they deserve a fair share from Network Rail for their incredible efforts.

“In addition, we are extremely concerned that the “No Compulsory Redundancy” commitment only applies to the first two years of the four year deal.

“RMT is in no doubt that this leaves Operations and Maintenance members extremely vulnerable, especially with the continued development of Rail Operating Centres and the on-going cuts programme at Network Rail.

“Our rail staff deserve a fair reward for the high-pressure, safety-critical work that they undertake day and night and the last thing that we need is a demoralised, burnt-out workforce living in fear for their futures and the message has come back loud and clear that that is exactly how they feel about the current offer from Network Rail.”




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