Our Ref: BR2/4/1

4th June 2018

Dear Colleague


I have received a resolution from the Liverpool 5 Branch with regards to the above matter, which is as follows:

“Liverpool 5 is appalled of the actions of Virgin West Coast in their actions in dismissing Brother John Boynton under the terms of sustainable contribution. In June 2017 the company put brother Boynton on a sustainable contribution for having 18 days off for a calf injury, which was covered by a medical certificate.

Before this injury Brother Boynton had not been off for 78 weeks. Then Brother Boynton was hospitalised to have an eye operation on his retina, if he did not have this operation he may have lost the sign in his eye brother Boynton had 10 days of work. Brother Boynton was not on any stage of the company’s MFA Policy. And yet they dismissed him, at the hearing they looked back 20 years of brother Boynton records.

At the branch meeting the feeling was overwhelming from his brother and sisters in their support in wanting to show to their brother. Brother Boynton is an on-board chef and has work in the industry for 21 years. Brother Boynton is the RMT H&S rep at Liverpool Lime Street for his grade for the last 12 years. At the branch meeting he was well represented by over 30 members from all three grades which he works with.

This branch calls on the EC to ballot all grades at Liverpool Lime Street Virgin West Coast depot for industrial action of – strike action and action short of strike, should Brother John Boynton not be reinstated at his appeal hearing which is to take place on the 7th June 2018.”

The matter has been subject to recent consideration by your union’s National Executive Committee who note the sentiments contained within the resolution from our Liverpool 5 Branch over the appalling and disgraceful treatment of Brother John Boynton.

The Executive Committee has instructed me to immediately ballot all our Virgin West Coast members located at Liverpool Lime Street for strike action and action short of strike if Brother Boynton is not reinstated to his substantive role as a Chef at the Appeal Hearing.

Therefore, I am currently carrying out a ballot matrix check of all our VWC members located at Liverpool Lime Street and I would ask that you remind all members to notify the union of any changes to their membership records. Please ensure your details are up-to-date by contacting the RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Membership department. Alternatively, members can contact the RMT Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706 or by emailing the helpline at info@rmt.org.uk and notifying them of any updates.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed on any further developments.

Best wishes.

Mick Cash
General Secretary