28 August 2019
RMT Press Office:
Business as usual following re-election of Mick Cash as RMT steps up fight on all fronts
MICK CASH, re-elected as General Secretary of specialist transport union RMT last night for a further five year term, said that it is business as usual today as the union unites and steps up the fight for workplace justice in a wide range of ongoing disputes;
South Western Railway
The company continues to drag its heels and delays talks over guaranteeing the safety-critical role of the guard on the train.
Guard and driver members will strike 0001 hours Friday 30th August 2019 and 23.59 hours Monday 2nd September 2019
Bluestar Buses in Dorset and Hampshire
RMT has rejected a pay offer from the company. Dispute involves Drivers, cleaners and ticket office staff.
Members are be instructed not to work any overtime over their contracted 40 hours and not to work on their rest days for one week commencing from:-
• 00:01 hours on Wednesday 4th September 2019 and 23:59 hours on Tuesday 10th September 2019.
Central & Victoria Lines
Two separate disputes both involving a breakdown in industrial relations.
RMT Members working on the Central and Victoria Lines as Train Operators, Night Tube Train Operators and Instructor Operators at Hainault, Leytonstone, Loughton, West Ruislip, White City, Brixton and Seven Sisters Traincrew Depots will now take strike action by not booking on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 20:00 hours on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 to 20:00 hours on Wednesday 4th September 2019.
Clarke Chapman at various nationwide locations
Pay justice dispute at Network rail contractor.
RMT members to take 48 hour strike action commencing at 00:01 hours on Saturday 31st August 2019 until 23:59 hours on Sunday 1st September 2019.
Additionally, the continuous overtime and rest day working ban remains in force until further notice.
Nexus (Tyne & Wear Metro)
Dispute calling for fair re-grade for skilled maintainers.
RMT is instructing all Nexus Skilled Maintainer, Electrical/Mechanical Grade 4 members to NOT BOOK ON FOR SHIFTS THAT COMMENCE BETWEEN:-
• 21:00 hours on Friday 6th September 2019 and 20:59 hours on Sunday 8th September 2019.
Dispute over pay at engineering firm Wabtec Faiveley UK (Rail Doncaster).
Members are instructed to take the following strike action by not to booking on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 06:00 hours on Wednesday 4th September 2019 and 05:59 on Wednesday 11th September 2019
• 06:00 hours on Monday 16th September 2019 and 05:59 on Monday 23rd September 2019
Additionally instructed to take the following industrial action short of a strike in the form of an overtime ban:-
• 06:00 hours on Wednesday 11th September 2019 until 05:59 on Monday 16th September 2019
• 06:00 on Monday 23rd September 2019 until further notice
Ongoing dispute over the role of the Guard at Merseyrail.
In order to allow for further detailed discussion the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action called for 24th August, 3rd and 5th September 2019.
Action beyond those dates still remains on and the union’s executive have instructed our Merseyrail members not to book on for duty on the following dates:
Monday 30th September 00.01-23.59 hrs
Wednesday 2nd October 00.01-23.59 hrs
Friday 4th October 00.01-23.59 hrs
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Members at RFA are engaged in an on ongoing industrial action over the imposition of a 1.5% pay cap.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“The election for general secretary is done and this union is now wholly focussed on our industrial and political campaigning strategy for the next five years as we seek to extend and defend our members working conditions, jobs, pay and pensions in every sector where we organise.
“My message to the employers is simple, this trade union will leave no one behind in the pursuit of workplace justice and we will stand and fight wherever that principle comes under attack.
“We have made huge strides over the past five years and as the list of on-going disputes shows very clearly we are united moving forwards as a militant, democratic and campaigning trade union that is all about fighting and winning.”