BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – KEOLIS AMEY DOCKLANDS

TO ALL RMT MEMBERS WORKING FOR KEOLIS AMEY DOCKLANDS

Our Ref: DLR/14/2

31st January 2018

Dear Colleague,

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – KEOLIS AMEY DOCKLANDS

Following a recent DLR Branch meeting and reports received from your RMT Lead Officer and Branch, the RMT National Executive Committee has taken the decision to declare a dispute situation with the Company and conduct a ballot of all RMT members working for Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD). The issues which has led to this situation arising are detailed below.

KAD Failing to Honour our Agreements

•    A threat not to honour the agreement for the PSA roster pattern to be worked over the next two years.

•    KAD not honouring PSA parameter agreement regarding “the same shifts in a block”. Agreed roster parameters dating back to 2013 state that the same shifts will be worked in a block. In any run of shifts, usually four, the same type of shift (early early, early, middle, late, late late) must be maintained.

•    PSAs are being made to work over the agreed 1820 annual hours. Due to KAD introducing various and differing equations, PSAs are being made to work over the agreed annual hours of 1820.

•    Not honouring agreements regarding the use of contractors – KAD must commit to maintaining all historic in-house capabilities.

Training needs being neglected

•    Failure to provide adequate training for key competencies and skills. All training must be reviewed and members that have had competencies lapse should have those skills retrained. Training opportunities should also be made available to all members within relevant grades.

Imposition of Rosters

•    Planned imposition of rosters for other grades without agreement. All threats of roster imposition must be withdrawn and all current and future rosters can only be changed once negotiated changes are agreed with RMT.

Misuse of Attendance / Capability Policies

•    The capability policy is being used to cut short the sickness entitlement of members – sick pay should be paid in full. A member who is off sick is now subject to the KAD Capability Policy which allows the Company to dismiss him after 6 weeks if no suitable alternative employment can be found. This decision has been taken to save the company paying sick pay.

Tax Bills to Members

•    Due to KAD miscalculating your pay dates and paying you 14 times in a tax year, members have received tax bills. This impacted mostly on those receiving Child Tax Credit as it took members over their tax allowance. KAD were aware of this and did nothing, management didn’t even inform the staff that bills may be incurred. KAD should admit negligence so HMRC can claim the unpaid tax from the company.

Health & Safety Issues

•    KAD outsourced responsibility for gritting the walkways to ISS but due to cuts in funding to ISS this gritting is not being done and members are at risk.

•    Failure to disclose Air Quality Assessment results as is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all staff and passengers using the system, particularly in tunnels.

•    Depot Assessments for substances that pose a hazard to health are not thorough or transparent and should include RMT H&S Rep involvement.

•    Risk assessments are not in place and available to all staff. KAD must commit to work with RMT H&S Reps to ensure all risk assessments are carried out.

Ballot papers will be posted to you and your colleagues next week. Please vote as soon as you receive your ballot paper and return it in the freepost envelope provided.

If you do not receive your voting paper, or know of a colleague who has not received it, please call the freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706, RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk to request a replacement.

MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR VOTE
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR STRIKE ACTION &
‘YES’ FOR ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE

I will keep you advised of all further developments.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary