Our Ref: BR1/14/2
28th July 2021
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – MITIE (MERSEYRAIL SOFT SERVICES CONTRACT)
Firstly, I would like to congratulate you all on your steadfast resolve and solidarity during the recent industrial action.
I understand that your contract management team are again attempting to create confusion and are actively bullying and harassing you and your colleagues for taking part in lawful industrial action. The behaviour by management is absurdly outrageous and the way they are treating you and your colleagues is abhorrent. This is a shameful attempt at undermining our clear democratic right to take strike action.
You may have received correspondence from your managers to attend an ‘informal chat’ or ‘investigation’ as to why you did not turn up to your shift. We cannot suggest that you outright refuse this request, however, you should, when attending these meetings, inform your manager that you were taking part in lawful industrial action and that your union has provided all notices as per the legal requirements.
Do not allow management to intimidate or harass you into feeling that you have acted unlawfully or wrongly. The actions by management are truly sickening and this is the most blatant attempt of intimidation that the union has seen by any company for quite some time.
If you have any concerns please contact either your representative, lead officer, regional office or the RMT Freephone Helpline.
I trust this keeps you advised, and I will update you on any further developments should they arise.
ompany the concerns you and your colleagues have over the way in which GWR management have handled the collective grievance and sought an assurance that an investigation will be carried out into this.
Additionally, I advised Great Western that any attempts to impose rosters on our Train Dispatch Staff at Exeter St Davids would lead to a dispute situation between RMT and the company.
I received a disappointing response from the company which I understand was subject of a meeting between our members and your Regional Organiser recently. Those attending the meeting noted that while, as the company state in its letter, there is no facility for a collective grievance as part of the bargaining machinery, the factors behind the grievance remain and should be investigated formally by the company due to their serious nature.
In the interim, therefore, while this matter remains unresolved any members who have experienced any instances of bullying or intimidation should submit individual grievances.
It was also highlighted at the members’ meeting that it is not possible to move forward with the rostering until the grievances have been heard and dealt with by the company in proper manner. Only then can your representatives proceed to negotiate the rostering proposals.
Your union’s National Executive Committee has considered this matter and instructed me to do the following:
• To inform Great Western Railway of our continued concerns regarding its handling of the allegations raised within the collective grievance
• To inform Great Western Railway that as a consequence your union is unable to conduct any referendum ballot while the above concerns remain unresolved
• To reiterate to management that a dispute situation will exist in the event that the company attempts to impose or revert to the 'original' roster
I will therefore be writing to the company outlining the above points and leaving GWR management in doubt that you and your colleagues are not going to give in to any bullying and intimidation over this or any other matter. I will also leave the company in no doubt that you and your colleagues are determined to win justice.
I will write to you again when a response from the company is next considered by your NEC and on what our next steps will be.
In the meantime, I thank you for standing together against this unjust management.