26 NOVEMBER: Network Rail & Subcontractors lobby of Parliament

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Circular No. National Policy NP/231/14/MC

To the Secretary all Branches,
Council of Executive members,
Regional Councils and Regional Offices.

Dear Colleagues,

26 NOVEMBER: Network Rail & Subcontractors lobby of Parliament

I am writing to remind you that arrangements are currently being made for an important lobby of Parliament on 26th November 2014 to oppose the exploitation of workers through the use of umbrella companies, and also to highlight the safety concerns of those working alongside an increasingly casualised contractor workforce.

The day will include a demonstration in Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament, and a rally and lobby inside Parliament. Participation is a legitimate use of branch expenditure so please speak to your Branch Secretary. Exact timings will follow.
I will be speaking at the rally, as will the General Secretaries of Unite the Union and UCATT who both organise in the construction industry within many of the companies we encounter on the rail network.

This is an important opportunity to raise our concerns in Parliament and also to show the firms using umbrella companies that the trade union movement is united in opposition to this super exploitation.

I will keep you informed of any developments and I hope to see you on 26th November.

Yours sincerely,

Mick Cash
General Secretary