TRANSFER OF S&T WORK ON OVERGROUND FROM NETWORK RAIL TO CARILLION – NETWORK RAIL MAINTENANCE
I received a resolution from the LU Engineering Branch in which they raised concerns about proposals that Carillion extend their fault on call on the Overground from Sydenham and Dalston. If this went ahead it could severely impact on members at Carillion and, potentially, on Network Rail members whose work would be taken over.
I raised the issue with Transport for London and they stated that the proposal referred to was one that would vary the contract to enable Carillion to work on the Network Rail infrastructure on weekday peak hours when Network Rail Maintenance staff were called away to other parts of the Network Rail infrastructure. This would increase available resources to drive up performance and improve the ability to address issues more quickly. This would only happen in the Sydenham and Old Kent Road junction areas if there was a need for work to be done. This would be instead of waiting for the Network Rail team who may be held up elsewhere then work would be done by the Carillion team ensuring that the railway is working again as quickly as possible. No transfer of activity has been proposed so TUPE is not relevant and Transport for London reiterated that at this stage it remained only a proposal.
The General Grades Committee considered this response and duly noted it. As this relates to an existing contract and there are no TUPE implications they have requested that I keep them informed of any developments, which of course I shall.
I would be grateful if you could bring the contents of this circular to the attention of your members.