Network Rail operational workers are gearing up for a fight on pay – and on other issues.
The unions demanded a 1-year, 4.8% pay rise, to match what NR maintenance workers got this year. No, said management, you can only have 4.8% as the first year of a 2-year deal where you will get just RPI+0.5% inyear 2. If you want a 1-year deal, we’ll only offer 4.3%. No, the unions said rightly, so now only the 2-year offer is on the table.
The unions must dig in for a good 1-year deal. A 1-year deal is almost always best for workers: we can fight for improvements year on year rather than put our weapons