14 April 2016
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ALL INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS SUSPENDED MEMBERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO WORK NORMALLY
Our Ref: BR1/14/2
14th April 2016
TO ALL ISS VIRGIN TRAIN MEMBERS AT KINGS CROSS
ALL INDUSTRIAL ACTION IS SUSPENDED
MEMBERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO WORK NORMALLY
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – ISS (VIRGIN TRAINS KINGS CROSS)
Further to previous correspondence on the above matter, I can report substantial progress has been made in our discussions with ISS. Having considered the company’s latest proposals, the union’s National Executive Committee has discussed the matter with your representatives and has decided to suspend the industrial action due to begin this evening (Thursday 14th April) at 2000 hours.
Members are therefore instructed to work as normal!
As regards the issues in dispute the latest proposals are summarised below: -
• The basic rate information is to be separated from overtime and shown distinctly and clearly on payslips
• Refresher sessions on how to use the T&A system to be conducted on site.
• Establish the threshold for early/late clock-ins to ensure there is no unfair deduction practice.
Redundancy Avoidance -Team Leader Vacancies
• Monitor any vacancies suitable for the affected member and provide support for them to apply where appropriate.
Risk Assessments – Back Pack Vacuums
• Appointment of a Kings Cross RMT H&S Representative (RMT action)
• Conduct a Kings Cross joint RA with appointed person from the RMT specifically to assess the use of the back packs and the safe working practices.
Local IR Issues
• Establish a schedule and conduct regular monthly IR meetings with the RMT Reps.
• Provide an up to date list of elected Employee RMT Representatives (RMT action)
On the Tanking issue ISS have committed to a review of the Tanking which will involve your RMT representatives. This review will cover staffing and working practices of the Tanking and should be completed in a month’s time. Once the outcome of the review is known, the National Executive Committee will consider the situation once again.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate you and your colleagues for your solidarity and determination in this dispute. The solid Yes vote in the strike ballot and the clear will of members to take industrial action if necessary has made the concessions we have achieved possible. Members will be kept fully informed of any further developments.