Our Ref BR1/14/2
27th September 2021
BALLOT PAPERS GOING OUT TO MEMBERS FROM FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER
COP26 CONFERENCE (GLASGOW) EDINBURGH WAVERLEY, GLASGOW CENTRAL STATIONS – MITIE (NETWORK RAIL MANAGED STATIONS CONTRACT)
Further to my previous letter I write to advise you that the necessary preparations have now been made and Mitie has been notified that we are balloting you and your colleagues for strike action over Mitie’s refusal to offer enhanced pay during the COP26 climate conference. Voting papers will be sent out to your home addresses from Friday 1st October 2021 and the ballot will close on Thursday 14th October 2021.
As previously advised RMT has been in discussions with Abellio Scotrail and Network Rail seeking enhanced payments their affected staff during this period in recognition for the extra burden on the transport system. You are vital railway workers and we firmly believe you and your colleagues deserve the same recognition. Unfortunately, Mitie has refused to offer station cleaners at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley any enhancements whatsoever despite our requests to do so.
Your union has decided we have little choice but to ballot you and your colleagues for strike action so urge you to strongly support your union’s call to vote “yes” for action! We need to send Mitie a clear message that members are united and demand to be recognised for the important work you do and the substantial impact the COP26 will have on you and your colleagues.
PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT NOTE ON BALLOT THRESHOLDS
Since the Trade Union Act 2016, where the government made the anti-trade union laws even more restrictive, all ballots have to reach two important thresholds. If we do not meet these thresholds no industrial action can take place.
At least 50% of all eligible members must vote
At least 40% of all those eligible to vote must vote Yes.
As a result of these draconian restrictions every single vote counts. A simple majority is no longer enough so you cannot rely on other colleagues to get the vote over the line. Therefore, I urge you to complete and return your voting paper as soon as you receive it and keep maximum pressure on Mitie.
We continue to seek talks with the company and I will keep members fully informed of developments.
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR STRIKE ACTION