Managers in the TSSA union at Network Rail have overwhelmingly supported a call to ballot of industrial action, following a 4.8 percent pay offer – 0.55 percent less than colleagues.
The 79 percent vote in a referendum in favour of going for a ballot reflects the growing anger of all staff against Network Rail's dictatorial style and in particular the way it uses performance related pay. Management staff performance pay is applied with “forced ranking” where there is often no link to an individual’s actual performance and no transparency or control at performance awards.
A union survey found that 89 percent of managers believe this to be unacceptable. All staff have an interest in supporting managers fighting back against performance related pay as Network Rail wants to extend it to other grades during harmonisation of terms and conditions.
It is some indication of the legacy that outgoing Network Rail chief executive John Armitt has left the industry where the historically least militant section of railway employees are now balloting for action. Our union has indicated support for post workers who are confronted by privatisation we should do all we can to coordinate any future action with them.