We've been told that pay talks for all grades in Network Rail will start in February. But the company has set the tone by emailing us to say that the TOCs are freezing pay and money is tight.
The pay rise for ops and maintenance was due in January, so Network Rail has already dragged its heels. Bands 1-4 haven't yet had a pay rise for last year (talks were put on hold for Covid and never restarted), and it doesn't look likely that they will be compensated this time around.
Our need for a pay rise won't go away just because of the Covid crisis. In fact, with many household members losing jobs in other industries, there is even more need. Don't swallow the company's line that they can't afford to give us a rise. We can't afford to not get one!