BREACH OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES – W PENNY – GUARD - MERSEYRAIL

Our Ref BR2/4/4

23rd August 2017

ONLY KIRKDALE GUARDS AND DRIVERS TO BE BALLOTED

Dear Colleagues,

BREACH OF DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES – W PENNY – GUARD - MERSEYRAIL

I write further to my previous letter dated 17th August 2017 on the above matter and where I informed you of the recent sacking of RMT rep William Penny who has been sacked by Merseyrail on what we believe to be trumped up charges. He has been accused of breaching the Bullying and Harassment Procedure as well as the Social Media policy, but, he completely refutes that he has done anything wrong.

A meeting was held at the North West Regional office, with the Merseyrail Company Council Representatives, Lead Officer, Assistant General Secretary and NEC members to discuss Williams’s dismissal. The meeting focused on strategies to be used during the dispute and it was agreed that the ballot for industrial action would be for Strike Action and a Rest Day Working ban only.  The decision was also made to only ballot members working at Kirkdale, where Brother Penny is based. Therefore if you do not work at Kirkdale you will not receive a ballot paper.

Brother Penny is a very active RMT representative who has been heavily involved in the long running and bitter Driver Only Operation dispute. We have no doubt that his trade union activities have made him a target for management and believe that his dismissal is no coincidence. We cannot allow the company to keep treating you and your colleagues with clear contempt and must send them a clear message that we will not stand by whilst our Brother Penny is treated in this appalling way.

We have to make sure that we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the anti-trade union laws and every member needs to return their voting paper. Therefore, it is imperative that we stand together and demonstrate our strength of feeling to the company in this dispute. I am urging our Kirkdale members to vote YES to both questions in the ballot for industrial action. It is crucial that you return your voting paper by Tuesday 19th September 2017.

If you have not received a ballot paper by Monday 4th September 2017, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706, by email at info@rmt.org.uk, or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent to you by first class post. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper, ask them to call on one of the above numbers to update their details to receive a replacement ballot paper.

Yours sincerely

 
Mick Cash
General Secretary