The HR director for South West Trains has hit out at the RMT union forblocking the company’s pay deal. Beverley Shears told Personnel Today that the RMT union has refused SWT’soffer to match the rail industry’s best pay deal, in the dispute over thedifference in pay increases between drivers and other railway staff (guards,ticket officers and platform staff). “I find it amazing that at some of the meetings I have been sitting atthe negotiating table with people who do not work for this company and have noconnection with this company whatsoever,” she said. SWT has given non-driving staff a 7.6 per cent increase over 18 months butthis has so far been opposed and more strikes are looming. Shears believes that union officials, who want the same increase as driversbut phased in differently, have not had the best interests of SWT’s staff atthe top of their agenda during talks. “I have been trying my utmost to come up with a workable solution, tothe point that when we were at Acas I said ‘name the best deal in the industryyou have settled for and I will match it’.” “We want to get back to where we were before, a modern customer-focusedbusiness that puts its staff at the forefront of its industrial relationspolicy.” Shears is convinced the SWT is the victim of political infighting within theRMT union. “There is no doubt that we have been caught up in the politicalcrossfire of the RMT’s general secretary,” she added. A spokesman for the RMT said: “The dispute is over pay increasedisparity between drivers and non-drivers. We want a pay increase of 3.8 percent from April and October last year – the same as the drivers. “We cannot accept an offer that is not equal.” By Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR falls foul of union tacticsOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.