Our Ref BR4/0001 & BR4/9/8
11th April 2019
ANNUAL LEAVE ARRANGEMENTS & RATES OF PAY – HITACHI RAIL LTD – NORTH POLE AND DONCASTER TMC
Following reports that Hitachi Management we briefing staff that they intend to change the holiday arrangements and shift patterns at both the North Pole and Doncaster depots your Union informed the company that such an imposition would lead to a dispute and if unresolved a ballot for industrial action.
The company’s intentions were based on moving away from the contractual holiday entitlement and to a system of annualised holiday hours which would have curtailed annual leave days off by 9 shifts and meant more working time. The company also put about the idea that if staff wanted to retain their contractual annual leave they would move rosters to an 8 hour basis with a vastly increased attendance rate at work.
Neither of these are acceptable to staff as an imposition and it was made clear to Hitachi that they need to negotiate fully with your union on any proposals rather than seek to impose change through informal briefing session.
I am glad to report that the company has immediately relented in the face of RMT pressure and has now provided a written undertaking to RMT that covers both Doncaster and North Pole:
North Pole – “I would confirm that we will not propose any changes to terms and conditions of employment at LNP until such time as we have agreed and finalised recognition. I note that we have a meeting to actively progress this on 16 April.”
Doncaster – Hitachi…. “won’t be looking to impose any terms and conditions unilaterally on the teams concerned. “
(Paul Tulett - Head of ER & Reward )
In addition, arising from the dialogue with the company they made a proposal on pay for the anniversary of April 1st 2019 of a 3% increase in salaries. This offer was unconditional with no strings attached. This offer is 0.5% above the current RPI inflation rate and matches the agreement already made through collective bargaining for the Bounds Green and Craigentinny depots on the East Coast.
Following a consultation with members your RMT NEC has decided to accepted the offer and the increases will be implemented effective from April 1st 2019.
I am sure members will agree that the above puts us on a good footing to take forward the issues of recognition. For North Pole this will be discussed at a meeting on 16th April 2019 and I will report further after this meeting.
There are many issues that our members want to address and these will be pursued once the recognition agreements are achieved. To get the best results for everyone at the two depots we need as big a membership as possible.
Therefore I would ask you to urge your workmates to join RMT immediately at www.rmt.org.uk/join.
Finally I would like to thank you for your continued support for the RMT and look forward to working with you to build our strength at Hitachi and to achieving results for all RMT members.