Ballot opens at Edinburgh Waverley over sacked RMT member

Ballot opens at Edinburgh Waverley over sacked RMT member

6 February 2015

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT will being balloting Cross Country staff at Edinburgh Waverley from today for both strike action and action short of a strike over the wholly unjustified dismissal of union member Charlie Letham. The ballot will close of Tuesday 24th Februrary.

Charlie Letham has been dismissed by Cross Country for allegedly missing his revenue targets despite the fact that the company procedure quite clearly stipulates that any underlying issues shall be taken into account when the “CRISP” assessment is applied. This was very clearly important in the case of Mr Letham who has suffered from medical and personal problems. In fact, both his GP and the company doctor made several recommendations to the company to assist them in aiding our member in the workplace.
However, management simply refused to acknowledge Charlie Letham’s underlying health problems and ignored the recommendations from the medical professionals before proceeding to sack him.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Charlie Letham has been a loyal union member for 15 years and has done everything he can to continue working in his normal capacity. However, Cross Country management decided that the easiest solution was to dismiss our member despite the weight of medical evidence.
“ This is not a situation that can go unchallenged and is a shocking abuse of power demonstrated by the company management. As a result, the union’s executive committee has decided to ballot our all our Cross Country members at Edinburgh Waverley for strike action and industrial action short of a strike, to force the company to re-employ Brother Letham.
“RMT remains available for talks aimed at resolving this dispute.”

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