10 February 2022
RMT Press Office:
Weekly strike actions from this Sunday 13th February over pay discrimination.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that Conductors employed by TransPennine Express will be taking the first in a series of weekly strike actions this Sunday 13th February over pay discrimination.
After working right through the Covid pandemic and having a two year pay freeze enforced on them, TransPennine Express Conductors requested an increase in pay for working on their days off and on Sundays.
The gap between what they get paid for working these days, and what other traincrew get paid for the same days has seen a significant increase with the workers feeling aggrieved at the unfairness.
RMT TPE Conductor members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 13th February 2022
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 20th February 2022
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 27th February 2022
• 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 6th March 2022
Additionally, TransPennine Express Conductor members are instructed not to work any rostered overtime and withdraw from the electronic scanning of tickets from 00.01 hours on Monday 14th February 2022 until further notice.
General Secretary Mick Lynch said,
“TPE conductors who kept the trains running throughout the pandemic have been left with no choice but to take strike action after being given a flat NO to their reasonable request to close the pay gap between themselves and other TransPennine workers by bosses who have mostly been at home throughout the Covid crisis.
“To add insult to injury Conductors on Northern Trains working alongside TPE Conductors have reached agreement for a small payment of 2p for a new method of checking tickets. Meanwhile, TPE Conductors have modestly asked for and been refused the same small payment for doing these checks.
“Our members refuse to be treated unfairly and will be continuing with industrial action until the pay discrimination is dealt with.
“The union remains available for talks.”