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Balfour Beatty rail workers urged to accept improved pay offer

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Rail workers are voting on an improved pay offer aimed at averting the threat of industrial action.

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) at Balfour Beatty are being recommended to accept the offer.

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The union members, who work on track renewals, maintenance and upgrades, had voted in favour of industrial action.

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The TSSA said the new offer includes a 2% pay rise for 2020, and 1.5% from April this year. It marks a significant improvement on Balfour Beatty’s original offer which would have seen workers receive no pay rise for 2020 at a time when the company was making close on £50m profit and awarding bonuses of £2m to senior managers.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our TSSA members have shown that they will not be walked over by bully boy bosses, even in a global pandemic. Balfour Beatty’s original offer was a slap in the face for our members who went above and beyond for the company last year.

“I’m glad that Balfour Beatty have realised their mistake and made a significantly improved offer which we will now put to our members to vote on.

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“It’s been a difficult time for everyone, but if our members in any company aren’t treated fairly we won’t hesitate to call industrial action.

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