BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – MITIE

Our Ref: BR1/14/2

2nd August 2021

Dear Colleague,

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – MITIE (MERSEYRAIL SOFT SERVICES CONTRACT)

Following the appalling situation at the company and due to the bullying and harassment that you and your colleagues are suffering as a result of taking part in lawful industrial action, a report has been received from our Lead Officer.

The company’s actions are truly abhorrent, and they have shown that they hold you and your colleagues with utter contempt. The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and after consulting with your representatives believes that we need an industrial response by taking further strike action. Therefore, you and your colleagues are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

2159 Hours on Thursday 12th August 2021 and 2158 Hours on Friday 13th August 2021.

Therefore, to clarify, members will be expected to complete any duties they are booked on to work prior to the start of the strike action at 2159 hours. However, you will not book on for any shifts that commence between these hours, even if the shift goes beyond 2158 on Friday 23rd July. For example, if you are scheduled to book on at 2100 hours on Friday 13th August until 0630 am on Saturday 14th August 2021, you would not work any of this shift.

Do not allow management to intimidate or harass you into going into work when you are lawfully taking part in strike action. We must take a stand against this company’s appalling action and we now need to stand strong and united against management’s atrocious tactics.

I reiterate my earlier correspondence, where I advised that if your managers ask you to attend an ‘informal chat’ or ‘investigation’ as to why you did not turn up to your shift, that you attend these meetings. During these meetings you should 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. You should not outright refuse to attend these meetings.

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.

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary