Greater Anglia staff to strike

Greater Anglia staff to strike

27 January 2014

Geoff Martin


Rail union RMT confirmed today that staff on Greater Anglia’s West Anglia route will be taking both strike action and action short of a strike from this weekend in a dispute over the ripping up of agreed procedures as the company try to bulldoze through the removal of station cleaners posts and enforce “flexible working” on remaining staff. The action is as follows:

•    Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between 18:00 hours on Sunday 2nd February 2014 and 17:59 hours on Monday 3rd February 2014.

•    And from 00:01 hours on Monday 3rd February 2014 until further notice members are instructed to refuse to carry out instructions as per Greater Anglia’s policy entitled “Flexible Working – West Anglia Route”.

Greater Anglia has been endeavouring to scrap cleaners on the West Anglia stations and have been attempting to rush through proposals that would force other staff to undertake the duties, consequently bypassing procedures agreed with the union and dressing the whole package up as “flexible working.”

An earlier phase of industrial action was suspended by the union following moves from the company but despite the best efforts of the union negotiators there remains a total failure to address staff concerns and as a result RMT has had no choice to confirm action from this Sunday.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

“RMT has made it clear that the union will not tolerate a situation where Greater Anglia choose to ignore and abuse agreed procedures in an effort to bulldoze through changes that have serious implications for our members and the quality of service offered to the travelling public.

“We have notified the company that we will be taking action from Sunday which will make it impossible for the management to force our station and platform members to cover cleaners duties purely in the name of maximising company profits under the bogus guise of “flexible working”.

“Greater Anglia have been informed that RMT remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute. The rock-solid ‘YES’ vote for industrial action in the ballot sends out the clearest possible message to the company that we will not tolerate them riding roughshod over their own procedures in an attempt to impose so-called “flexible working”.


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