BREACH OF ROSTERING PRINCIPLES, WEEKEND SHIFT START TIMES – NETWORK RAIL

To: RMT Members in NR Maintenance Wales Route


Our Ref: BR4/8/5
9 January 2018


Dear colleague

BREACH OF ROSTERING PRINCIPLES, WEEKEND SHIFT START TIMES – NETWORK RAIL

Our Neath No2 Branch has recently submitted a resolution to your National Executive Committee which outlines concerns with regards to a number of section managers rostering staff at 00.01 on a Sunday as a way of only providing 12 hours rest because any start time after midnight would be classed as a day shift.

The branch argues that this is totally against the rostering principles set out in Network Rail’s own rostering rules and regulations and despite also being queried by ORR is continuing to happen.

The branch said it was unanimous in its opinion that this constituted a gross misuse of our members’ rights and also makes a mockery of the company’s rostering and fatigue tools. The branch therefore requested the following:

•    Seek talks with Network Rail to set out specific hours that are classed as night shifts in regards to weekend work
•    If Network Rail refuse to come to the table with a sensible compromise then we ask for affected members to be balloted for both strike action and action short of a strike

The NEC has considered the branch resolution and noted with concern that management have unilaterally imposed new shift start times outside of the agreed base rosters in breach of the collective bargaining machinery.

The NEC has therefore instructed me to raise this matter urgently at the most appropriate level of the machinery of negotiation and to place an updated report back before them. I am currently carrying out these instructions and hopefully I can keep you advised of any progress made at an early date.

Your union will do all it can to ensure that Network Rail honour agreements, stick to agreed procedures and don’t attempt any underhand way to dilute our members’ terms and conditions or rest periods.


Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary