ANNUAL LEAVE ALLOCATION - ABROGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY CONTROLLERS CONTROL ROOM ROSTERS & LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS 2012 - NEXUS TYNE & WEAR METRO

Our Ref: BR2/7/1

4th June 2021

Dear Colleague,

ANNUAL LEAVE ALLOCATION - ABROGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY CONTROLLERS CONTROL ROOM ROSTERS & LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS 2012 - NEXUS (TYNE & WEAR METRO)

The Lead Officer and your representatives have recently met with the Nexus Operations Director and the Nexus Head of Human Resources, to try and negotiate a reasonable resolution to our dispute.

The union asked the company to provide simple assurances that they would abide by the provisions of the 2012 Service Delivery Controllers agreement and to compensate those individuals who have had their leave denied. During the discussions management outright refused to offer these commitments and instead advised the union that they will be attempting to review, amend and renegotiate the 2012 document with another union, even though it is the RMT that are in dispute and no one else. The company are using every excuse and tactic possible to not resolve this dispute. Management have even gone as far as saying that the document may not be ratified within the joint negotiating committee, despite the agreement being signed by an operations manager and an industrial representative.

During negotiations, the company prevaricated talks and rather than entering talks with an open mind, the company were hostile and obstructive. The issue has been made worse by the company now trying to emphasise that the working time regulations and the ACAS code of practice allows management to determine when an employee is to take leave. This attitude only confirms that the company’s intentions are to continue to abrogate the 2012 agreement. NEXUS management also issued abhorrent threats of draconian and punitive rosters where all annual leave would be cancelled during the summer months and moved to the end of the year.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and are appalled at the company’s actions. After consulting with your representatives, the NEC believes that there is no other alternative but to take Strike Action. Therefore, all Service Delivery Controllers are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

0001 Hours on Friday 18th June 2021 until 2359 Hours on Thursday 1st July 2021.

We now have no option but to send the company a clear message that we will not allow them to abrogate upon the 2012 agreement or threaten us with draconian and punitive rostered leave. The company’s actions are nothing short of abhorrent and we cannot allow this treatment to continue. The NEC applauds you and your colleagues for your determination and resolve over this matter and I urge you all to stand shoulder to shoulder during the upcoming strike.

I trust this keeps you fully advised, and I will keep you updated on this matter.

UNITY IS STRENGTH!
SUPPORT THE ACTION!

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary