25 February 2014
From RMT website:
Key Northern Rail staff to strike tomorrow in re-grading dispute
RMT Northern Rail maintenance driver members at Heaton (Newcastle) and Neville Hill (Leeds) Traincare Depots are to take 48 hours of strike action tomorrow, and will implement an on-going overtime ban from Friday, in a dispute over a re-grading exercise which has failed to recognise the complex and demanding role of this key group of staff and which has ignored the skills and hard work that they bring to the company.
The re-grading has also completely missed the fact that the staff involved are actually handling a wider and more diverse range of vehicles as a result of changes in the industry which should have been a major factor in any serious evaluation of their work.
As a result of management’s failure to satisfactorily resolve this matter, all Maintenance Depot Driver members at Heaton and Neville Hill Traincare Depots have been instructed by RMT to take the following 48 hour strike action:
• NOT to book on for any turns of duty that commence between 18:59 hours on Wednesday 26th February 2014 and 18:58 hours on Friday 28th February 2014
Furthermore the members have been instructed to take the following industrial action:
• By refusing to work any overtime from 18:59 hours on Friday 28th February 2014 until further notice.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“RMT firmly believe that the company has been disingenuous in their approach by failing to recognise the multi-skills and the hard work that this group of maintenance depot drivers bring to the Northern Rail operation.
“The union is clear that the job is complex and demanding, and that now is the time for the company to acknowledge that Maintenance Depot Drivers should be re-graded accordingly in recognition of their role and responsibilities.
“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”