Our Ref: BR4/4/8
3rd January 2020
BULLYING & HARASSMENT, TRENT AND DERBY S&T – NETWORK RAIL
I write further to my letter of 7th November with an update on the above matter. This dispute centres on a number of bullying and harassment claims made by members against a certain individual. The company had not addressed the serious concerns raised by our members and had seconded the manager to alternative duties – a temporary and disproportionate measure considering the harmful nature of their conduct.
A meeting with the company has taken place and the position advanced by your representatives was that moving the manager in question on a temporary secondment which does not involve people management was not a long-term solution to the problems they cause. It was therefore welcome that the company conceded that they would reopen the investigation into this matter as they outcome they had previously proposed fell well short of our members’ aspirations.
Senior managers will reopen their review of the case, interview the members of staff and provide a final report and discuss the contents with our Area Council Representative and full-time convenor prior to its publication. A further meeting between RMT and Network Rail will then take place on 31st January 2020 to discuss what appropriate next steps should be taken.
Your National Executive Committee, while noting this position, reminds members that your union remains in dispute with the company over this issue following the overwhelming result you’ve delivered for strike action and will not hesitate to carry out this mandate should members wish to do so.
Following the meeting on 31st January 2020, the matter will again be considered by the NEC and I will advise you of its further decision. May I take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your union throughout this process.