Our Ref BR1/14/2
23rd September 2021
RMT TO BALLOT MEMBERS FOR ACTION
COP26 CONFERENCE (GLASGOW) EDINBURGH WAVERLEY, GLASGOW CENTRAL STATIONS – MITIE (NETWORK RAIL MANAGED STATIONS CONTRACT)
I write to advise members that your National Executive Committee has considered a report from your lead officer concerning the COP 26 Climate conference due to take place in Glasgow from 1st to 12th November 2021. This international conference will see substantially increased footfall at Glasgow Central Station and Edinburgh Waverley Station (Edinburgh being the seat of the Scottish Government). As well as increased passenger levels for those in attendance, creating a greater workload on you and your colleagues, it will inevitably draw significant interest from environmental pressure groups creating a number of other challenges for the transport network during this time.
As a union we have been in discussions with Abellio Scotrail and Network Rail over enhanced payments for your colleagues during this period in recognition for the extra burden on the transport system. As essential railway workers we believe you deserve the same recognition but Mitie has refused to give station cleaners at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley any enhancements at all. We believe it is simply unacceptable to not recognise you and your colleagues properly for what will be a highly challenging period. This issue is yet another example of why the union is completely against outsourcing of staff and only goes to reinforce our position you should be brought back “in house” and directly employed by Network Rail where you would be better recognised for all your efforts.
Having considered the situation your union’s National Executive Committee believes Mitie’s refusal to make any sort of offer of enhanced pay during COP 26 is completely unacceptable. As a result, we have declared a dispute with Mitie and are making the necessary preparations to ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action. Please note there will be separate ballots for each Station and I will write to you again shortly once the balloting timetable has been confirmed.
We have sought urgent discussions with the company to try to resolve this matter and I will keep you fully informed of developments.