A Network Rail employee who “works on infrastructure every day” sent an email to Sky News to counter the misconceptions about the reasons for this week’s strikes.
The employee, who gave his name to Sky News but asked to remain anonymous, said action: mainly due to pay.
“The question I have has nothing to do with money,” he said.
“Every journalist և news station in the whole country focuses only on remuneration. This strike is mainly about security. Network Rail wants to cut 2,000 operational jobs on my route alone.
“They want all operatives across the country to leave and be replaced by so-called assistant technicians.
“Responsibilities for this role will include traveling around the country in your own car and, consequently, using more fuel to change your insurance policy to allow the business to operate, so it will cost the employee more money.
“They also want to introduce interdisciplinary work so that employees can work with different departments, using skills that people have acquired over the years of experience.
“However, they expect us to do their highly skilled work, or we are not prepared to do the job.
“Network Rail wants to attack our pension scheme, forcing us to work more on the weekends, reducing rest periods between shifts, and thus making staff more tired and increasing the risk of serious injury.”
The employee continued to criticize Andrew Haynes, CEO of Network Rail.
“This is a man who insists we have to save money because the company does not have the money to raise our salaries while he sits there with his 6 635,000-a-year job,” he said.
The latest available figures show that Mr Haynes’s annual salary is between 5 585,000 and և 589,999.
Contact Network Rail for comment.
Railway strike. The employee explains the reasons for leaving, saying that it “has nothing to do with money” UK news
Source Railway strike. The employee explains the reasons for leaving, saying that it “has nothing to do with money” UK news