Are the many new OBS on the same pay as the guards were ? I didn't think they were.One would presume down the line Southern will try to exploit loopholes in the agreement (Backed by the Government) otherwise it makes no sense financially to give Drivers a large payrise whilst still paying OBS the same rates as what Guards were on. Without going into the rights and wrongs the aim of DOO is to lessen costs, this agreement increases them.
I would like to hear what other TOC employees think too? I regularly use Northern and Merseyrail services and this agreement trumps anything they currently have on offer. If I’m right Northern are aiming for 50% DOO As part of the franchise agreement? The Southern deal would be a win if it were to be replicated on Northern or for that matter MErseyrail IMO.