RMT members working in the Northern Rail Customer Relations department were out on strike this Monday over attempts to downgrade their posts to one which attracts £5,000 less in pay.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Already a few workers have been brought in on the lower grading, including a worker on a temporary contract who could only get a full time job by taking one at the lower grading. The employer now plans on a pay freeze for the existing staff until the new grade catches up with their current pay.
One striker said ” This is a matter of dignity and respect toward the idea that our grade should be cut in half on the basis market forces. Like a rent review in reverse. We lose grade due to the pay rises we have achieved through our organised labour. That is if the process was to be believed; the Hay Evaluation, from which we saw no evidence, was in our opinion flawed.”