2 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT members vote by 96% for strike action at Arriva Traincare over pay.
RAIL UNION RMT said today that members working for Arriva Traincare have voted by 96% for strike action and action short of a strike over the company’s latest pay offer.
The result will now be considered by RMT’s Executive.
The union has met with bosses at train maintenance company Arriva Traincare with a view to attaining a decent pay award for members. However, during the meeting it was made clear to the union’s negotiating team that the company was not prepared to enter into pay negotiations with RMT, as management asserted that Arriva Traincare do not recognise the union. Consequently, the company would only table a pay offer to a different union in the workplace.
As a result the union’s executive decided to ballot members at the company. That ballot has been completed today and has delivered a massive mandate for action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT members at Arriva Triancare have delivered a massive yes vote for action and the company should wake up and take notice of the anger amongst their workforce over the pay issue.
“Our members are entitled to be represented by the union that they are members of so we can get on with our job negotiate decent pay and conditions on their behalf.
“The company’s belligerence meant that we were left with no choice but to ballot RMT members at Arriva Traincare for industrial action so that they can get decent representation, pay and conditions. The executive will now consider the result and the union remains available for talks.”