Our Ref: B/20/1
19 July 2018
BREACHES OF MACHINERY OF NEGOTIATION – FIRST SOUTH WEST SOMERSET AND AVON
The Taunton No1 RMT branch recently submitted a resolution to your National Executive Committee outlining a number of areas of concern which had arisen within your company. At the heart of these concerns were:
A breakdown in communication between local union reps and management
Management failure to follow correct procedures
Management failure to properly deal with instances of bullying
Management failure to comply with local agreements
Additionally, the branch highlighted that management had also failed to properly consult over the a recent redundancy process involving supervisory grades and had blocked members from exercising their right to appeal in a number of bullying cases. The branch said, as a result of the above, then they were requesting a ballot for industrial action.
Your NEC considered this resolution and instructed me to obtain an urgent report into these matters from your Lead Officer., who quickly sent in his report. The Lead Officer confirmed that there had been issues between the local reps and management, but that, following a meeting he attended with reps and management, an action plan had been agreed to help overcome these problems. Management agreed to respect the right of representatives time off to carry out their trade union duties, regular meetings would be reinstated and that an HR person would be in attendance to ensure proper procedures were being followed and to support the process going forward.
With matters having progressed to this extent and a more positive possible outlook on industrial relations in the future, your reps and Lead Officer recommended giving this process more time prior to any ballot for industrial action commencing.
This position was endorsed by your NEC which has requested a report on all further developments being placed back before it no later than 14th August 2018. After this, I will of course provide you with all the details of the discussions which have taken place between your union and the company.