Alstom Pay Freeze – Rail Industry


Our Ref: BR4/0001/AT

19th August 2020


Dear Colleagues

Alstom Pay Freeze – Rail Industry

Further to my previous letter, in which I advised you that the RMT had entered into dispute with Alstom over the company’s planned pay freeze. I can report that the union’s negotiating teams have met again with Alstom in order to get the company to commit to meaningful pay negotiations with this union. Once again the company reiterated that its global strategy is to enforce a pay freeze for all employees in 2020. However, in order to offset the pay freeze management offered an additional (1) days leave to be taken within this leave year.

Having considered the matter and noting the views of your elected Representatives, the union’s National Executive Committee has rejected the company’s derisory offer of an extra day of annual leave in lieu of a pay rise this year. The National Executive Committee has therefore instructed me to ballot all RMT members on the Chester, LUL Metro Trains and RS&S (West Coast) Alstom contracts simultaneously.

Consequently, the ballots will open on Wednesday 26th August 2020 and you will need to ensure you return your voting paper by no later than first post on Wednesday 16th September 2020. In the ballot you will be asked to vote for both strike action and industrial action short of a strike. I urge you to vote ‘YES’ to both questions.

As I am sure you are all too aware, it is vital that we achieve the highest possible turnout and the highest possible vote saying 'YES' for action, as the government's very stringent anti-union laws means that every vote counts. Therefore, when you receive you voting paper make sure you return it to the independent scrutineer as quickly as possible.

Important Please Note:  The independent scrutineer for RMT Ballots and Elections is now 'Civica Election Services' and not the 'Electoral Reform Society'. Letters from Civica are not Junk Mail and should be opened.  

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed on any further developments.




Yours sincerely


Mick Cash

General Secretary