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

Our Ref: BR1/14/2

11th January 2017

Dear Colleague,

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

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for your tremendous support, solidarity and the rock solid strike action taken towards the end of last year. Your determination has sent a clear message to Servest UK that we demand fair pay and equal rights for cleaners. The union are fully behind you and your colleagues and will do everything possible to defend you and your colleagues and win this dispute.

Servest have continually failed to provide a suitable resolution to this dispute and have treated you and your colleagues with clear disrespect. In order to find a resolution to this dispute I have written to Great Western Railway asking that they meet with your union representatives urgently to discuss the conduct of Servest. I will be raising the important issues at the core of this dispute, including serious allegations against Servest including   threats of violence, bullying and complaints of racial abuse and discrimination. Additionally, I have asked GWR to meet with Servest UK to discuss the appalling behaviour and treatment of their contractor Servest. I understand that this will take place on Monday 16th January.

The National Executive Committee has instructed me to raise a petition calling for equal treatment for cleaners, which will be aimed at gaining awareness from GWR staff and passengers. Additionally, a leaflet/postcard campaign with badges and stickers is being launched in order to gain public attention and support in fighting the appalling treatment you and your colleagues are experiencing at the hands of Servest.

I urge you all to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder and continue to support your colleagues during this dispute. We must continue to show Servest that we demand they meet our concerns and find a resolution to our issues. I will endeavour to keep you fully advised

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary