ABUSE OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES, CONDUCTORS, GLASGOW CENTRAL – ABELLIO SCOTRAIL

Our Ref: BR2/4/4

 

14th October 2020

 

Dear Colleague,

 

ABUSE OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES, CONDUCTORS, GLASGOW CENTRAL – ABELLIO SCOTRAIL

 

I am writing further to my previous correspondence dated 24th September 2020. It was brought to my attention, by our Glasgow 5 Branch, that Scotrail are carrying out punitive disciplinary measures against you and your colleagues at Glasgow Central, when a mistake is made on duty. Nobody goes to work with the intention of making mistakes. Should a mistake occur, managements first actions should be corrective and supportive action under the competence development programme. The company should not be immediately moving onto punitive measures.

 

The actions of Scotrail is highlighted in the recent disciplinary/demotion of our brother, John Gray. The Union believes that John should be reinstated to his substantive grade immediately. The company has treated John appallingly and their actions are a clear attack on the conductor grade.

 

A ballot matrix was being prepared in preparation for a ballot and to allow the company to meaningfully resolve this dispute. However, the company have failed to discuss this important issue.

 

The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who has expressed their shock and disgust at the disregard the company have shown to the agreed ‘be safe’ procedure and the ‘fair culture agreement’. The Executive Committee will not accept any of our members being treated in such a way and demand that Brother Gray is reinstated immediately and the correct course of action is taken following the agreed procedures.

 

Therefore, I have been instructed to carry out a ballot of all our Conductor members located at Glasgow Central. The industrial action will be for strike action and action short of strike in the form of an overtime and rest day working ban. The Executive Committee urges you and your colleagues to vote ‘YES’ to both questions.

 

The ballot for industrial action will commence on Wednesday 21st October 2020 and you will need to ensure you return your voting paper by no later than first post, on Tuesday 10th November 2020.

 

To ensure you have a chance to vote, I urge you all to ensure your membership details are correct. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, please contact the RMT Helpline by Email at info@rmt.org.uk; or you can call the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706. Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact the union on one of the above contact methods so we can amend their details accordingly.

 

I trust this keeps you advised and I will write to you again once I have further information.

 

UNITY IS STRENGTH

RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER

VOTES YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS

 

Best wishes.

 

Mick Cash

General Secretary