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

Our Ref: BR1/14/2

TO ALL SERVEST UK (GWR CONTRACT) MEMBERS

20th April 2017

Dear Colleague,

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

I write further to my letter dated 11th April 2017 in which I advised you of the recent proposals from Servest UK that was accepted by our National Executive Committee. You and your colleagues have been supporting industrial action tremendously and have achieved a massive victory on a number of issues. You have all demonstrated that an organised workforce, prepared to take strike action, delivers phenomenal improvements and results. Whilst we have achieved huge enhancements on a number of Terms and Conditions, we have not been successful in getting a basic entitlement to our sick pay demands. Servest UK 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 are claiming that they are not responsible for our train cleaner’s terms and conditions of employment. However, they are actively blocking any sick pay entitlements and failing to meet our demands. I have informed GWR that this is an appalling way to treat our members. It is completely hypocritical that Great Western Railways 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 our colleagues working for Great Western Railway of your situation and seeking their support in getting a fair and equal treatment for you and your colleagues. Our GWR members will shortly be receiving a postcard demanding the company meet our member’s demands. I have asked that they sign these postcards and show their full support. Furthermore, they will also be receiving a ‘Justice for GWR Cleaners’ badge that we have kindly asked they wear during their shifts.  Additionally, an Email, Petition and Postcard campaign will be set up, calling for equal treatment for all GWR Cleaners. The union is 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 you and your colleagues’ just demands.

The union continues to pursue this matter and I will keep you fully advised as further developments arise.


Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary