27 November 2014
Breakdown in Industrial Relations, Conductors North Wales Arriva Trains Wales
Our Ref: BR2/14/2
27th November 2014
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, CONDUCTORS NORTH WALES
ARRIVA TRAINS WALES
AND NOW THE TRUTH
You will have received a missive from Gareth Thomas, HR Director, Arriva Trains Wales which, to put it politely, is being economical with the truth.
You would have thought from reading Mr Thomas’ comments that the only date on offer was the 12th November but I would like to make it clear it was not possible for me to attend that day due to prior commitments that I was unable to change. However, because of the extreme importance of trying to resolve this issue I rearranged my diary and agreed to meet the very next day, the 13th November but management refused to do so.
I also offered them a number of other dates but again they were unwilling to attend a meeting on any of those offered. I have also made it clear that I would be able to fit in with additional dates if they were willing to hold the meeting in London. Arriva Trains Wales has been completely inflexible on this point and have refused to come to our office to try and resolve this issue insisting that the meeting take place in Cardiff. This union has, and always will, bend over backwards to try and resolve disputes as we understand members do not want to take industrial action unnecessarily.
The rest of the points made by management are patronising. The reason we have called for further industrial action, and the nature of that action, is because we have been asked to do so by you and your colleagues. We are, quite rightly, being led by you, the members. Your colleagues within the rest of the company have also intimated that they wish to be involved in this dispute and we are in the process of balloting them. The strength of feeling against this uncaring management is obviously running very high.
So please don’t believe management lies, we will continue to try and resolve this dispute but the ball is in management’s court. They can meet us quickly and also stop mistreating members who are ill and just as importantly abide by the agreements on sickness absences that affect all members.