Our Ref: BR2/14/2
22nd November 2019
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, STATION STAFF, PADDINGTON – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that the RMT are in dispute with GWR over a number of issues affecting our station staff members at Paddington. Despite numerous attempts by your Union Representatives to resolve these issues urgently, management has chosen to ignore our concerns and treat your Representatives with disdain. The issues the RMT believes must be resolved are as follows:
· Provision of PPE (Protective Gloves) when staff are instructed to handle ‘Fly Doors’ on Class 387(s) trains which are very dirty.
· Failure to address our outstanding claim for additional payments for all staff required to undertake additional duties involving locking/unlocking ‘Fly Doors’ on Class 387(s) trains when coupling/uncoupling.
· Failure to address our claim for additional payments for all station staff to recognise their significant increase in workload and responsibility due to increases in train dispatch procedures at Paddington since 2016, the additional workload created by the requirement to dispatch MTR Crossrail services at Paddington Station and the further increase in train dispatch procedures planned by GWR from 15 December 2019 with the introduction of a new timetable with more frequent train services.
· Failure to concede our claim for additional enhancements for Sunday working payments while continuing to pay GWR Managers £250 per Sunday bonus payments plus a day off in lieu for agreeing to cover our station staff members jobs on Sundays.
· Better Safety Shoes/Trainers, suitable for the job requirements of walking around Paddington station.
· Provision of adequate and appropriate uniform for all Paddington station staff members.
· Provision of Cleaning Tokens for work clothes and uniform.
· Urgent provision of heaters for Gateline staff required to work barriers during cold weather.
· New and safe chairs and tables for the station staff mess room to replace broken, dirty and damaged furniture and the failure for three years to repair the air ventilation system in the staff newsroom eating area.
The union’s National Executive Committee has recently considered the matter and believes that this huge dismissive attitude from GWR management leaves us with no other option than to ballot our station grade members at Paddington for industrial action.
Therefore, the ballot will open on Thursday 28th November 2019 and will close on Thursday 12th December 2019. If you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper by Wednesday 4th December 2019 please ask them to contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706 or the RMT Switch board on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent by first class post.
I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.