Boss salaries increase with complaints

18 February 2013

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan asked today why totally different principles apply to managers and workers when it comes to negotiating salaries. ‘ASLEF members need to justify wage increases on the basis of productivity, of how much we have improved,’ Mick says. ‘Figures released today show that managers pay increases are in direct proportion to their failure.’

A Which? survey today showed that more than half of the train companies have a customer satisfaction score of 50% or less. It says that only 22% of rail passengers believe their service is improving - despite above-inflation fare rises last month.

Britain’s most unhappy passengers travel on First Capital Connect, where only 40% say they are satisfied with the service. Then the misery-line rating go up with

  • Greater Anglia scoring 42%
  • Southeastern, 43%
  • First Great Western, 43%
  • Northern, 44%
  • London Midland, 45%
  • South West Trains, 47%
  • Southern, 48%
  • Arriva Trains Wales, 48%

‘So obviously the top executives of these train operating companies will be accepting responsibility and reducing their wages?’ Mick suggests. ‘Wrong? Their incomes are rocketing.’

For example

  • CrossCountry’s highest paid director in 2011 picked up £222,000 including pension contributions
  • Network Rail’s chief executive was on an annual basic salary of £560,000 in March last year
  • 30 senior managers of Crossrail pocket over £100,000 a year
  • Over 220 managers at Transport for London trouser over £100,000.
  • FirstGroup’s chief executive ‘earned’ a salary last year of £846,000, plus a £134,000 pension allowance and £75,000 for ‘ benefits in kind’.
  • The Chief Executive of National Express gets a salary of £550,000 with an ‘extra performance-based bonus’!
  • Go-Ahead chief executive also gets over half a million a year.
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