Key rail workers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be consulted on the new ‘derisory’ pay offer from Network Rail from Monday (1 June).
If members reject the offer of a two-year deal, consisting of one per cent this year and 1.4 per cent next year, Unite will ballot them for industrial action, including strike action. The consultative ballot will run from 1-10 June and, depending on the result, Unite members will then move to a full industrial action ballot.
Unite has about 230 members involved in the dispute, carrying out such jobs as electrical technicians, linesmen, maintenance staff and signallers. The RMT has already announced a 24-hour rail strike on 4 June and a 48-hour stoppage starting on 9 June.
Because of the timetable for balloting, Unite members won’t be joining the strike action planned by the RMT for early June.
Unite national officer for rail Tony Murphy said: “As part of the Network Rail negotiations, Unite will consult its members within Network Rail over the next 10 days about the new offer the company has tabled.
“A second rejection by our members will result in Unite balloting its members for industrial action. We have a smaller number of members than the other rail unions, but they occupy key strategic positions in safety critical roles.
“The offer made by Network Rail is a derisory one and the management needs more constructive forward thinking if it is to have any chance of meeting our members’ aspirations for a fair pay deal.
“As always, we are willing to get back round the table to try and find a solution which is agreeable to all parties involved.”
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.