Pay and conditions

Stitch up over Merseyrail drivers' pay?

On 13 April the ASLEF Executive Committee met to hear reports from the Merseyrail Drivers' Company Council and the District 3 Full Time Officer Andy Hourigan.

Merseyrail's pay 'offer' to drivers for 2021 was 0% on pay, and a stipulation that any changes to Terms and Conditions negotiated needed...

Fight for better pay and conditions!

What is going on with pay in our industry? It seems that the TOCs that make up the Rail Delivery Group, under orders from the DfT, are making a standardised pay offer, something like "0% on pay and any changes to Terms and Conditions must be 'self-financing'".This raises at least a couple of...

Scotrail: Five down, one to go

Scotrail conductors now have five Sundays' action under their belt with one more scheduled. Each as been as solid as as the first, and quality Sunday time has been had by all.

The company has tried a poisonous campaign to portray conductors as harming key workers - apparently ignoring the fact...

Solid start to ScotRail conductors' strikes

The ScotRail conductors’ strike got off to a cracking start yesterday. Solid action saw every train cancelled other than a few DOO trains in the central belt.

Guards are angry that the company has taken away their enhanced pay rates for rest day working, especially as drivers are still being paid...

Pay: Network Rail says "Don't get your hopes up!"

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...

Happy New Year?

The Network Rail Chief Executive's New Year's message to staff was a warning about financial challenges facing the industry, rail reform and uncertain times ahead.

January 2021 is also the first time that Network Rail employees are no longer covered by a No Compulsory Redundancies Agreement. As...

Rail unions must mobilise to resist Tories' pay freeze!

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris has written to Train Operating Company (TOC) bosses to tell them there is "no budget" for any further subsidies to increase workers' pay.

TOCs are private companies and can set their own pay policy, but this is as close to an imposition of a pay freeze on...

Merseyrail: vote yes for action!

RMT launched a new ballot for industrial action on Merseyrail on 21 January. The vote runs until 11 February.

The union gave bosses a November deadline to open talks on a new pay settlement. With the employer having failed to meet that deadline, the union quite rightly declared a dispute and has...

Mind the Gap

It is a depressing fact that although women are 51% of the population only 16% of the current rail workforce is female; this figure falls to a shocking 6.5% amongst train drivers.
A recent report into railway recruitment, ‘Back on Track’, noted that 43% of women rated flexible working opportunities...

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