Our Ref: BR2/14/2

17th November 2016

Dear Colleague,


I write further to my letter dated 2nd November 2016, in which I informed you of this matter being referred to the union’s AGM and where I was instructed to ensure that all our affected members terms and conditions were safeguarded when transferring over to Servest UK from Mitie on the GWR contract.

Servest UK had been asked to provide assurances that TUPE would be adhered to during the transfer and following subsequent meetings the company have failed to provide assurances and a number of issues have been raised. Our Lead Officer has been meeting with the company to try and resolve these issues, however, discussions are not progressing and a number of issues remain.

Therefore, the Union’s National Executive Committee has reconsidered this matter and the decision was taken ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action as Servest have failed to reach agreement on the following issues:-

•    A fair and reasonable pay settlement for all members employed on GWR contract.
•    An equal offer of Christmas and New Year enhancements in line with GWR staff.
•    An agreement for a permanent workforce and an end to the use of agencies with current agency workers to be given permanent positions with Servest in their current location and role.
•    Retain April to March as the annual leave year.
•    A collective agreement with RMT for the provision of suitable work-wear in line with the PPE regulations stating what staff are entitled to.
•    An agreement on local staff representation and safety representations across the contract based on industry norms (such as GWR).
•    The company’s total failure to address or fully investigate a collective grievance submitted by Old Oak Common staff relating to allegations of harassment and bullying.

As a result of the above and the Company’s failure to provide the assurances and guarantees required, the union has declared a dispute situation with Servest UK and all members will be balloted for industrial action. The company have been informed that as always, the union remains available for meaningful negotiations to try and resolve this dispute.

The ballot papers will be posted out to you on Friday 25th  November 2016. I urge you all to make sure you use your vote and to vote ‘YES’ for strike action and ‘YES’ for action short of a strike, and return it in the freepost envelope provided by no later than first post, Thursday 8th December 2016.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary