Our Ref: BR4/16/3
4 April 2018
To: RMT Amey members
GREAT WESTERN ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT – AMEY
Obvious concerns remain over the threat to over 220 jobs as a result of the disgraceful U-turn by the government over its decision to pull funding on electrification projects, particular the plans which were in place for the Swansea line.
Your union has been in constant dialogue with Amey in recent weeks over this matter to discuss updates and seek alternatives to redundancy for the members of staff involved. As previously stated, your union has made clear to Amey that we totally oppose compulsory redundancies and that the company, along with Network Rail as the contract provider, needed to be proactive and find alternative work within the industry for such a highly skilled workforce.
However, to date, Amey has not provided sufficient commitments for alternative work arrangements, retention payments for those who help the contract to its end, improved voluntary redundancy arrangements and adequate provision for those not covered by the blue book PTR&R agreements.
The above has been considered by your National Executive Committee, which, as a result, has instructed me to:
• Inform Amey a dispute situation now exists between our organisations
• Seek a meaningful dispute resolution process with Amey including a meeting with Amey, Network Rail, RMT Amey representatives, Lead Officer and the Assistant General Secretary to discuss concerns contained in the aforementioned officer’s report
• Inform Amey that failure to engage with this RMT union in a meaningful way will lead to a ballot for industrial action
• Seek public support from the Labour Party for this specialist skilled workforce
• Write to all MPs seeking support
• Seek an Early Day Motion concerning the rundown of the Great Western Electrification Project
I am in the process of carrying out the above instructions and will keep you and your colleagues fully informed of all further developments. But please be assured that your union is doing everything possible to defend our members during this difficult period.