Our Ref: HC/15/10
20th December 2018
FUTURE OF CATERING SERVICES WITHIN THE WALES & BORDERS FRANCHISE
I am writing in relation to the above matter and following concerns brought to my attention by our Carmarthen Branch.
I understand that it is Transport for Wales’s intention to bring catering and cleaning services in-house within one year of the franchise. This is something the union feels strongly about and actively encourages companies to bring all staff in-house.
The union’s National Executive Committee has given this matter consideration and believes that should TfW fail to fulfill their promises, then we will be fully prepared to enter into dispute with the company and will ballot all of our members across all grades for industrial action.
I have also asked that the terms and conditions of our catering (Rail Gourmet) and cleaning (Axis) members, who are currently on inferior terms and conditions to directly employed staff, should be immediately reviewed and improved so that they are directly comparable with in-house staff.
When I have further information on this matter I will write to you all again in due course.