Network Rail have deferred bonuses for 123 workers, including its four top executives, until the reports into the Grayrigg disaster, where one person died, are published.
Rail workers untion the RMT has threatened strike action over the move, along with the decision to dock bonuses for Scottish signallers, who went on strike earlier in the year. 'If there is to be any disciplinary or criminal process as a result of the investigation [into Grayrigg], that should be allowed to take its course, but in the meantime we expect to see all our members paid their bonus,' said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.In addition to the deferral the track operator's remuneration committe decided to reduce bonuses by 43% because it failed to meet targets for cutting delays. The committee imposed a further 15% reduction on senior executives because of the Grayrigg disaster.NR's executive directors, 33 managers and 86 other workers who worked on or around the Grayrigg site will all miss out on their bonuses until the final report into the Greyrigg tragedy, by the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau is published. Network Rail chief executive John Armitt his successor Iain Coucher, Group Finance Director Ron Henderson and Group Infrastructure Director Peter Henderson will all have bonuses worth a total of £286,074 deferred.