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

Our Ref: BR1/14/2

TO ALL GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY MEMBERS

20th April 2017

Dear Colleague,

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

As you are aware our Servest UK members on the GWR contract have been in dispute over several issues regarding bullying, harassment and their Terms & Conditions. Our colleagues have been supporting industrial action tremendously and have now achieved a massive victory on a number of issues. They have demonstrated that an organised workforce, prepared to take strike action, delivers phenomenal improvements and results. Whilst our Servest UK Colleagues have achieved huge enhancements on their Terms and Conditions, they have not been successful in getting a basic entitlement to their sick pay demands. Servest UK has informed our representatives that they are unable to meet these demands without approval from the client holder, which in this case is Great Western Railway.

The union has raised this issue with the company. GWR claim that they are not responsible for our train cleaner’s terms and conditions of employment, yet, they are actively blocking any sick pay entitlements to our members working for Servest UK on the GWR contract. I have informed GWR that this is an appalling way to treat our cleaner members. It is completely hypocritical that the company are using a system of contracting out work to completely avoid any responsibility to the workers who deliver their profits. Additionally, I have demanded that GWR provide a full and fair sick pay entitlement, which is equivalent to those directly employed by GWR, to all staff within the train cleaning contract.

The National Executive Committee has instructed me to inform you and your colleagues of our Servest UK member’s situation and is seeking your support in getting a fair and equal treatment for our cleaner members. You will shortly be receiving a postcard demanding the company meet our member’s demands. I ask that you sign these postcards and show your full support to your cleaner colleagues. Furthermore, you will also receive a ‘Justice for GWR Cleaners’ badge that we kindly ask you to wear during your shifts. Additionally, an Email, Petition and Postcard campaign will be set up, calling for equal treatment for all GWR Cleaners. The union are also seeking to have a letter published in the Guardian Newspaper in response to an article that was submitted by the GWR Deputy Managing Director, Andy Mellors, highlighting the issues caused by no sick pay entitlement and reiterating our members’ just demands.

I will keep you fully advised as further developments arise.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary