Signalling dispute resolved
An agreement has finally been reached between the union RMT and Network Rail over career progression at the West of Scotland signalling centre.
The union started a series of strikes after management decided to ‘ignore a long-term custom and practice arrangement concerning the filling of vacancies’. RMT argued that members of staff were automatically ‘slotted in’ to senior posts when they became vacant.
Network Rail denied that this was current practice and stated that promotion would be based on competency and skills, rather than length of service.
A ‘form of words’ has now been agreed by both parties, ending the dispute.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The negotiated settlement to this dispute has only been possible as a result of the determination and solidarity shown by RMT members at the West of Scotland Signalling Centre.
“RMT members have stood together during this difficult period to demonstrate to management in the strongest possible terms that they will not accept blatant disregard for a long agreement over the application of career progression agreements.
“The whole union applauds our members for supporting the massively successful, rock solid strike action which has forced management to hold serious and meaningful negotiations with RMT to resolve the issue.
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