The RMT is to ballot some 16,000 Network Rail members for strike action and action short of a strike after staff rejected proposals for a pay package through an earlier referendum vote.
The union claims that latest pay proposals, which would involve a £500 non-consolidated lump sum payment this year, fall well short of what is required to maintain living standards. The proposal involved an RPI level of inflation increase in pay applied in each of 2016, 2017 and 2018. In addition, a ‘No Compulsory Redundancy’ commitment would be extended until December 31 2016. Some 56% of members voted in the referendum, rejecting the offer by 93%.
The affected staff work in NR operations and maintenance roles. Talks at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) were unable to result in agreement between the RMT and NR management.