BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – RAIL GOURMET (PADDINGTON DEPOT)

Our Ref: HC/14/2

21st May 2019

Dear Colleague,

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – RAIL GOURMET (PADDINGTON DEPOT)

I have received reports from our Paddington No 1 Branch that the situation at Paddington has reached breaking point. The continued deterioration of industrial relations and the poor working environment has meant you and your colleagues have experienced a number of deplorable working conditions. It is totally unacceptable that Rail Gourmet has allowed the situation to continue to these unacceptable levels.

The Union’s National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has expressed their concern at the ongoing issues. Therefore, I have informed Rail Gourmet that we are currently in dispute over a number of issues, which are as follows:-

1. Inadequate and substandard Personal Protective Equipment.
2. Bullying to get the job done quickly without due regard for working in a safe manner.
3. Shortage of staff both at the RG Paddington Service Centre and the First-Class Lounge.
4. Unfair treatment of staff suffering from illness and injury.
5. No higher grade pay for colleagues.
6. Insufficient staff rostered during the weekends.
7. Disregard for our RMT health and safety representative and ignoring safety legislation.

The NEC believes that we now have no other option than to ballot all of our Rail Gourmet Paddington members for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

We cannot allow the company to treat you and your colleagues in this abhorrent way. We must stand together and send Rail Gourmet a clear message that we will not tolerate their disgraceful behaviour.

The ballot for strike action and industrial action short of a strike will open on Tuesday 28th May 2019 and your voting paper will be sent to your home address shortly after this date. If you have not received your voting paper by Tuesday 4th June 2019 then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 and ask to speak to the Industrial Relations Department or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk. Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact us on one of the above methods and we will be able to amend their details accordingly.

I urge you to all use your vote and vote ‘YES' to both questions when you receive your ballot paper. It is imperative that we get a massive return in the ballot for industrial action so we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the new ballot thresholds.

UNITY IS STRENGTH
VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary