Our Ref: HC/5/6
17th March 2020
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - RAIL GOURMET STAFF (EAST MIDLAND RAILWAY CONTRACT)
I am writing in relation to the above matter and following reports that you and your colleagues are now being stood down by East Midlands Railway.
Whilst this issue is a global crisis, rightfully we have serious concerns over the impact of this decision on pay and other conditions.
Therefore, I have written to Rail Gourmet and East Midland railway seeking assurances that you will continue to be paid your average earnings (i.e. be paid as if you were at work or average earnings whichever is the greater) and that any payments will not be counted against the sick pay entitlement. I am seeking guarantees that you and your colleagues will suffer no financial detriment due to the company’s decision to stand you down.
I have asked both Rail Gourmet and East Midland Railway to give this matter their immediate attention.
I understand that this can be a stressful and worrying time, but the union is doing every possible to ensure you and your colleagues are kept fully informed.
I will write to you once I have further information.