London Overground safety staff balloted in pay dispute

London Overground safety staff balloted in pay dispute

17 July 2014

RMT Press Office

TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that security and safety staff employed by STM Security Group on the London Overground contract will be balloted for industrial action in a fight over pay and working conditions.

The dispute has a number of core points:

• A below inflation pay offer that would undermine standards of living

• Heavy handed approach to staff sickness

• Failure to make progress on the introduction of a full sick pay scheme

• Abuse of the disciplinary procedures

• Failure to improve staff travel facilities to a level that matches their aspirations

The STM staff, who are integral to the delivery of safe and secure services on London Overground, are to be balloted for both strike action and action short of a strike.

Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary, said:

“The safety and security staff working for STM on the London Overground contract are crucial to maintaining a secure working environment for the travelling public and it is only right that they should be rewarded with decent pay and conditions.

“This ballot for action has been called because of the offer of a pay award that amounts to a real terms pay cut. In addition, the calls for a full sick pay scheme and improved staff travel facilities have been simply ignored. A culture of bullying and abuse of procedures has also had a corrosive impact on workplace relations.

“RMT has made every effort in negotiations with the company to make progress on these issues but they have dug themselves into an entrenched position and refused to budge. That is why we have had no option but to move forward with a ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike.

“RMT remains available for meaningful talks aimed at resolving this dispute and aimed at achieving a fair deal on pay and conditions for the STM London Overground staff.”

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