Derby Alstom pay cut strikes to impact East Midlands Rail maintenance
- Friday 14 October 2022
Alstom profits at £233m but workers offered just four per cent
More than 70 highly skilled workers who maintain the rolling stock at Alstom’s Derby site will strike over pay on 27 October and 29 October. If the dispute is not resolved more strikes will be scheduled.
The workers will also begin industrial action comprising of a work to rule and an overtime ban on 19 October over the four per cent pay offer, well below the RPI rate of inflation of 12.3 per cent.
French-based Alstom’s latest financial report shows it made sales of £13.6 billion in 2021/22 and net profits of £233 million.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Alstom is swimming in money. It can easily afford to give it workers a fair slice of the pie and Unite is determined that it will do just that.
“The offer on the table is a real terms pay cut. This is simply unacceptable to Unite. Our members have Unite’s full support during these strikes.”
Strike action at Alstom’s Etches Park site in Derby will severely disrupt maintenance of East Midlands Rail’s rolling stock, a contract worth £133 million. The site was previously operated by Bombardier, which was bought by Alstom in January 2021.
Unite regional secretary Paresh Patel said: “Unite will always defend our members’ jobs, pay and conditions. Our members will not accept Alstom’s pay cut dressed up as rise and neither will Unite. The company must return to the negotiating table with a better offer.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.