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Publication Date: December 18 2009
EDF RMT members are incensed with a pay offer of around only 1% with productivity. Since the announcement of an overwhelming ballot result in favour of action no improved offer has been forthcoming.
As a result, EDF RMT members have been instructed not to book on for any duty between 19.59 hours on 22nd December and 07.59 hours on 24th December nor for any duty between 19.59 hours on 26th December and 07.59 hours on 27th December 2009.
In addition to the above stoppages of work a continuous work to rule and overtime ban will be in operation from 20.00 hours on 22nd December 2009 until further notice.
RMT has also been informed that Unite members have been balloted and will be taking the same action as ourselves at the same times.
RMT members on the Willesden Green Group have returned a magnificent vote in favour of industrial action in support of the reinstatement of their colleague, Colleen Johnston.
RMT had been hoping that management would see sense and reinstate her on appeal, but they have failed to do so.
The union has therefore decided to use the mandate for industrial action and our members on the group have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between 04:59 and 23:59 on Wednesday 23rd December 2009.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said today:
“Our EDF Powerlink members are furious at the failure of the company to make a meaningful pay offer. Instead of entering into serious talks they have run to the courts and have wheeled out the anti-union laws in an attempt to shackle RMT. Unless we receive a positive offer this action will go ahead and the consequences for the Underground will be serious.
“The strike action on the Willesden Green Group is a response to a straightforward victimisation of RMT member Colleen Johnston who has a well-earned reputation for standing up for her workmates. That is why the company want to get rid of her. The trumped up charges are outrageous and RMT will not tolerate these kind of attacks on our members.”