Union to ballot Midland Mainline over pensions

16 September 2007

ASLEF is to ballot its members in Midland Mainline (MML), accusing the company of ‘underhand tactics’ by its refusal to enhance pension provision when pay improvements have been agreed in the past.

 

Regional organiser Mick Whelan says the particular difficulty has arisen from a ‘bizarre’ management interpretation of a pay deal struck in 2001 – and the union says that some members’ pensions will be £2,000 to £3,000 down as a result of the company’s interpretation of the agreement.

 

MML claims that pay agreements only covered ‘future service’ – which the union contests. ‘This was not the agreement we struck and the union will not tolerate any lessening of our member’s pension provision,’ said general secretary Keith Norman.

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