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14.05.12

Equal pay case against Network Rail

Network Rail is facing an equal pay case amid claims that female staff are earning less than their male counterparts.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) will set out details of the case at its annual conference inCardiff, including claims for over £25,000 in back pay for the staff in question.

34 women, who work in middle management, are said to earn thousands less than men doing similar jobs. An equal pay survey of 2,000 Network Rail staff demonstrated a pay gap of £4,500, the union said.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “That is just an average figure, in some cases the gap is as high as £10,000. This is completely unacceptable in a firm which receives the majority of its funding from the taxpayer.

“We are determined to end women being treated as second class citizens in the rail industry when it comes to pay. NR should set an example to the rest of the industry, bearing in mind the Equal Pay Act became the law of the land more than 35 years ago.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Network Rail is committed to fair pay practices and has agreed to work with the TSSA to review our current systems.”

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