Rail (UK)

Real­is­tic pay rates

- Business · London · John Berry

Train driv­ers’ pay has in­creased from some £16,000 in 1997 to some £65,000 to­day.

Civil ser­vants in the past five years have re­ceived a 1% pay rise with no pay pro­gres­sion, while those at the top of their scale re­ceived no pay rise. In ad­di­tion, work has been down­graded to lower grades. As a re­sult, the av­er­age pay in the civil ser­vice has fallen in the past five years.

In the same time, rail work­ers have re­ceived large rises with no in­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Now is the time to bring in real­is­tic pay rates, with Lon­don Un­der­ground trains changed to driver­less trains.

John Berry, Orm­skirk

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