Abrogation of Rostering Agreements, Office Based Managers Working Trains on Sundays, Senior Conductors – Cross Country Trains

TO ALL CROSS COUNTRY TRAINS SENIOR CONDUCTORS

Our Ref: BR2/8/2

4th October 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
UNION TO RE-BALLOT MEMBERS DUE TO ERROR IN ORIGINAL BALLOT


Dear Colleague,

Abrogation of Rostering Agreements, Office Based Managers Working Trains on Sundays, Senior Conductors – Cross Country Trains

I regret to have to inform you that the union will have to re-ballot you on the above dispute. Yesterday I advised you of the magnificent result of the ballot already held and you must be congratulated of the stand you have taken.

Regrettably, upon closure of the ballot it was noticed that the Independent Scrutineer’s (the ERS) figure of ballot papers distributed did not match those of the union. Having made enquiries I was able to establish that the scrutineer had omitted to send voting papers to 38 members. I have received a report from the ERS apologising for their error which they obviously realise has caused us serious problems, not least in that we have to reissue the notice of ballot to the company (7 days), and hold the actual ballot again (13 days).

However, we have no choice but to re-ballot. The timing is out of our hands as this is laid down in the anti-trade union legislation. The decision to re-ballot though is one the National Executive Committee has taken as it is only right and fair that all members entitled to vote actually have the opportunity to do so. The RMT prides itself on being a democratic and member led union.

Therefore, the union has given notice to Cross Country Trains that we are re-balloting you. Ballot papers will be despatched by the ERS on Wednesday 11th October 2017 with a closing date of Tuesday 24th October 2017.

I know that having returned a magnificent ‘YES’ vote you will be disappointed at having to go through the process again. However, I urge you to make sure you vote and vote yes to both questions in the re-run ballot. The issues are the same and management are already in no doubt as to your strength of feeing and there is no reason for them to believe it will change. In fact it would be great to return an even higher ‘YES’ vote. For your information your Train Manager colleagues ballot, which was also a ‘YES’ vote, remains live and will still be so at the close of your re-run ballot.

So please, use your vote and vote ‘YES’ for strike action and action short of a strike.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mick Cash
General Secretary