Our Ref: BR1/15/10
6th February 2020
EAST MIDLANDS RAILWAY ARTISAN TUPE TRANSFER TO VINCI GROUP
I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that your Union Representatives have recently attended a first consultation meeting with East Midlands Railways and Vinci to discuss the company’s plans to TUPE transfer a select group of Artisan workers to the Vinci Group. This transfer will impact the hard and soft services (Maintenance, Station and turn-around Cleaners) and is due to go live on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
Prior to this meeting taking place, East Midlands Railway had not written to the RMT or provided the statutory minimum information for consultation under the TUPE legislation. I can now advise you that a consultation document has since been received from the company and having read through the documentation, your Representatives have highlighted a number of concerns over the lack of consultation, travel facilities and pension related issues.
The RMT is aware that the Artisan Group is a complex group of workers with some individuals regarded as ‘protected’ for pension arrangements, some individuals regarded as ‘safeguarded’ for travel arrangements and others are ‘non protected’ and ‘non safeguarded.’
Therefore, your Representatives have submitted a formal request for information on all of these issues from both East Midlands Railway and the Vinci Group. However, East Midlands Railway have responded by saying they intend to hold a Question and Answer group consultation session with the Artisan workers on Monday 10th February 2020. This is not acceptable to the RMT.
The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who note East Midlands Railway plans to TUPE transfer a select group of Artisan workers to the Vinci Group. Noting these changes, the RMT has serious concerns over the lack of consultation, travel facilities and pension related issues.
Therefore, I have informed East Midlands Railway that the RMT regards this whole process to be wholly unacceptable and I have demanded that the consultation is immediately suspended until proper information is provided and a satisfactory consultation process is agreed. I have also written to the Pension Trustees bringing the specific pension issues to their attention. Once I have received a response I will, of course, provide a further update on the situation.