Our Ref: BR4/14/3

9 April 2020

Dear colleague


Your union was extremely surprised and shocked to pick up from social media that Bombardier had taken the decision to close its Bombardier Crewe Workshop site as a result of concerns that the company could not comply with the new 2-metre social distancing rules.

As soon as this was picked up, your union contacted the company to raise concerns and, following objections over the company’s unacceptable failure to consult your representatives over this matter, the company put forward the following:

Bombardier apologised for not contacting RMT and involving them in this matter and promised to put this in writing
The HRD Director advised as well as Crewe CRO, Derby & Iflord were also closed due to the sites being unable to operate within the 2m social distancing rule safely
The site closure is for 3 weeks
Full risks assessments and appropriate PPE are now being put in place to enable Crewe CRO to reopen on 14th April
All employees are on full pay, but the company is looking to recoup money from the government by use of the furlough scheme, contracts are annualised hours.
Future periods of furlough are not being ruled out
Employees self-isolating are receiving full pay including those with less than 6 months service

Your union’s National Executive Committee has noted the above and also notes that the promised apology for not consulting RMT has not yet been received. The NEC has instructed me to write to the company setting out your union’s concerns and objections in this regard. Additionally, I shall also be demanding that all and any future discussions on this matter involve your Regional Organiser and CRD rep as is their right under the Collective Bargaining Arrangements.

This is obviously a very worrying time for all of you, not only in terms of your employment but also your health and that of your friends and families. Please be assured that I and your union in general shall continue to fight for our members' rights not just during this health crisis but well into the future also.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary