BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – AVANTI WEST COAST

To All Avanti West Coast On-Board Catering Grade RMT Members at Manchester Piccadilly

Our Ref: BR2/14/2

6th July 2021


Dear Colleague

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – AVANTI WEST COAST
IMPOSITION OF ROSTERS, MANCHESTER PICCADILLY

Further to my letter dated the 6th July 2021 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you that the union’s National Executive Committee had taken the decision to ballot all our AWC On-Board Catering grade members at Manchester Piccadilly for Industrial Action over the imposition of rosters.

I now write to advise you that the ballot for industrial action will open on Thursday 15th July 2021 and will close on Thursday 5th August 2021. The ballot for industrial action will be for strike action and for action short of a strike, in which members will be instructed not to work any rest days or overtime.

If you have not received your ballot paper by Thursday 22nd July 2021 please email us at info@rmt.org.uk or contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and a replacement ballot paper will be sent out to your home address by first class post.

The numerous attempts by your Union Representatives to resolve, without any success, the rostering issues affecting our On-Board Catering grade members at Manchester Piccadilly and the company’s attitude and time wasting over the matter, has pushed our members to breaking point. Please make sure you return your ballot paper when you receive it by no later than Thursday 5th August 2021.

Additionally, a zoom meeting to discuss the number of other issues affecting all our members at Avanti West Coast will take place on Monday 12th July 2021 at 10am. The meeting will be attended by the CC Reps, the National Executive Committee, Senior Assistant General Secretary and Lead Officer and I will provide a further update on the situation, following conclusion of the meeting.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter.

Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch
General Secretary