Our Ref: HC/4/1
13th January 2020
DISMISSAL, SOPHIE BANKS, LIVERPOOL LIME STREET – RAIL GOURMET
A resolution was received from our Liverpool 5 Branch who has highlighted the appalling behaviour of Rail Gourmet in dismissing our colleague from her role as a customer host for Rail Gourmet. During the disciplinary hearing management would not listen to the evidence, leading the branch and representatives to believe a decision to dismiss our colleague had been made before the disciplinary hearing had even taken place. Rail Gourmet also failed to take into account any extenuating circumstances and instead have acted in a callous and aggressive way.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and welcomed the resolution and sentiments from our Liverpool 5 Branch. The company’s disgraceful behaviour should not go unchallenged. The NEC has instructed me to raise this issue with the company and I have advised management that should our colleague not be fully reinstated at her appeal hearing then a dispute situation will exist with a potential ballot of our members being carried out in defence of our colleague.
Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot - should the need for one arise, membership checks are currently underway. I urge you all to ensure your details are correct in preparation for the ballot. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved address, workplace or job, then ask them to contact the union on one of the above methods.
I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.