Unite has begun on Thursday November 30th early stage negotiations over pay with MTR Crossrail.
MTR Crossrail is the train operating company that will operate the Crossrail concession in Greater London and South East England under contract to Transport for London. It will commence operating on 31 May 2015, on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route, and expand in stages to operate the full Crossrail network by 2019.
Crossrail is one of Europe's largest railway and infrastructure construction projects. The project's main feature is 26 miles of new tunnels.
Crossrail's aim is to provide a high-frequency commuter/suburban passenger service. Services will run on 85 miles of line from Reading to Shenfield and Abbey Wood. Nine-car trains will run at frequencies of up to 24 trains per hour in each direction through the central tunnel section.
Operations will commence with the existing Class 315 fleet. These will be replaced by 65 Class 345 sets. The Class 315 fleets will continue to be maintained at Ilford depot. The Class 345 fleet will be maintained at a new Old Oak Common depot.
MTR Crossrail have agreed that Unite's agreement will be needed over pay rates in the new company.
The negotiations also include setting up a new section of the pension scheme, reciprocal travel arrangements – looking to replicate current benefits with the addition of an Oyster Card, holidays and new uniforms.