BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – SERVEST UK (GWR CONTRACT)

Our Ref: BR1/14/2

3rd February 2017

Dear Colleague,

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – SERVEST UK (GWR CONTRACT)

Firstly, I would like to congratulate and thank you and your colleagues for your tremendous support, solidarity and the rock solid action already taken in this dispute. Your continued strength is sending Servest management a clear and unquestionable message that we will not be intimidated and we are prepared to fight in order to win this dispute. The union remain fully behind you and your colleagues and we are doing everything we possibly can in demanding that cleaners receive fair pay and equal rights. Continue to stand firm and we will win this dispute.

We have pressured Servest into meeting with Great Western Railways to discuss our claims and raise the issue of sick pay entitlement and the other serious matters this dispute is centred around. Your union’s negotiation team has made some progress and I will be circulating the latest proposals from Servest UK to your branches and ask that you consult with them. The Lead Officer will be meeting with Servest UK to discuss the latest developments and to seek an improvement on their proposals. However, both companies are trying to stall the process and refusing to resolve the core issues at the heart of this dispute.

I am appalled at GWR’s response to this dispute and at their attempts to undermine our industrial action by instructing their staff to carry out cleaning duties. I have written to all of our GWR members informing them of our dispute and reminding them not to carry out any additional duties beyond their job description. I will be meeting GWR and raising our concerns with them directly, stating our dissatisfaction and anger at their current position. Additionally, I will be discussing our aspirations in achieving a fair and equal sick pay for all Servest members. Furthermore, the NEC has asked that this item be placed before our finance sub-committee for consideration on strike relief, once I have received their report I will inform you all accordingly.

Therefore, considering the company’s continued disrespectful treatment of you and your colleagues the National Executive Committee has instructed you and your colleagues not to book on for any shifts commencing between:-

• 0559 on Saturday 11th February 2017 and 0558 on Tuesday 14th February 2017.

UNITY IS STRENGTH STAND FIRM SUPPORT YOUR COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THE STRIKE

 

Yours sincerely   Mick Cash General Secretary