FUTURE OF CLEANING SERVICES – TRANSPORT FOR WALES

Our Ref: BR2/15/10

8th September 2021

Dear Colleague,

FUTURE OF CLEANING SERVICES – TRANSPORT FOR WALES

The Union has met with management to discuss a possible proposal from Transport for Wales (TfW) in an attempt to find a resolution to the current dispute.

Your Lead Officer and representatives have considered the proposal. The information from TfW falls short of our aspirations in important areas and raises some concerning ideas about the future of cleaning within TfW RL and TfW.

Whilst the overall proposal falls short of our aspiration, there are some areas that have provided a good basis for discussions and some intent from TfW to resolve the dispute. The negotiating team will continue to meet with TfW to clarify the information provided and seek to negotiate and achieve a formal and meaningful proposal from the company.

However, following the overwhelming vote for action, your Lead Officer and representatives feel that action should be taken to focus the minds of TfW and to make it clear that we will not allow them to drag out discussions any further.

The Union’s National Executive Committee has recently considered this matter and has noted the current situation and that the offer does not meet the aspiration of you and your colleagues. The NEC believes that we now have no other alternative than to call industrial action. Therefore, you and your colleagues are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

1859 hours on Friday 24th September 2021 and 1859 hours on Sunday 26th September 2021.

In addition to the above the Union will be making arrangements to organise a demonstration to support our dispute outside the Senedd in Cardiff on Thursday 16th September 2021, with further details announced soon.

I have reminded TfW that the RMT remains available for meaningful discussions on any proposals that the company bring forward to resolve this dispute. Therefore, I urge you all to stand shoulder to shoulder and support the industrial action to send the company a clear message that we demand our issues are addressed.

I trust this keeps you fully advised, and I will write to you again with any further updates.

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary