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Merseyrail Staff Accept 7% Pay Offer

The Merseyrail salary offer was agreed by union members, who hailed the agreement for being in line with the rising cost of living.

The Merseyside train operator’s offer, according to the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), was worth 7.1 percent.

The agreement was dubbed “a realistic solution to a reasonable offer” by general secretary Manuel Cortes.

Merseyrail said that the meeting was “part of our regular yearly salary negotiations.”

Station shopkeepers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants for the train crew, stations managers, and resource controllers are among the union’s members.

The agreement was approved by 94% of TSSA members working for Merseyrail in general grades.

The same terms were offered to members in management grades, but this has not yet been accepted.

Merseyrail is a firm “which recognizes the value of our rail and transport network,” according to Mr. Cortes, who commended all parties involved for successfully closing the agreement.

This demonstrates, he continued, “that our union and sister unions are in no way a block on finding the answers needed to avert a summer of unrest on the trains.

“Instead, the administration is determined to stand their ground.

“The offer from Merseyrail will show the whole nation that politicians are committed to a course of unnecessary and pointless stubbornness which benefits no one,” said the company.

It is a legitimate response to a reasonable offer, and it significantly contributes to keeping up with the rising expense of living, he continued.

The pay agreement follows the largest rail strike in decades on Tuesday by members of the rail union RMT over employment, wages, and working conditions.

“Merseyrail is fully responsible for making such compensation proposals, working together with our trade unions,” said Andy Heath, managing director of Merseyrail.

“We are not a party to the present national dispute between the RMT, Network Rail, and train-operating firms directly employed by the Department for Transportation (DfT),” the statement reads.

The funding of the settlement struck between the RMT and Merseyrail is a matter for them to explain to the residents of Liverpool, a DfT spokesman continued.

“This cost increase will not be funded by increased tax dollars.”

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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