RMT members move to ballot after company’s final offer

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Rail, Transport (ITF), RMT,

Network RailRMT members working for Network Rail have voted overwhelmingly to reject a pay offer of 0% this year.

The company says it will apply an RPI level of inflation increase in pay for each of the next three years but this was not enough to satisfy workers, who will be balloted for strike action.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have decisively rejected the pay package offered by Network Rail and as we said right from the start that puts us into dispute and triggers preparations for a national industrial action ballot.

“As far as we are concerned 0% in 2015 is a pay cut as it means that our members pay will not keep up with the cost of living. The travel offer we have received is nothing more than a card that can be purchased by any member of the travelling public, falling well short of our demand of free travel for all. In addition, we are extremely concerned that the “No Compulsory Redundancy” commitment only applies to the first year 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.

“RMT remains available for talks and we hope that the company will appreciate the anger amongst staff at the current offer on pay and conditions from Network Rail and that they will agree to our call to come back to the table with an improved package.”


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