Our Ref: BR2/8/2

7th December 2017

Dear Colleague,


I am writing in relation to the above matter and further to a resolution received from our York & District Branch and our Leeds City Branch, who both highlighted the appallingly punitive, anti-social and demoralising working rosters that have been imposed on you and your colleagues following the re-organisation of your working arrangements.  

This is completely disappointing as despite attempting to correct and address such concerns throughout the criterion of the collective bargaining agreement. It is disgraceful that management have chosen to ignore our concerns, as well as several alternative roster proposals that would have resolved this dispute. These rosters shows clear contempt for you and your colleagues and completely disregard any work life matters such as child care and dependent responsibilities for example.

Therefore, the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has noted the sentiments within our Branches resolutions. The NEC has taking the decision to ballot you and your colleagues for Industrial Action to demand the company stop these destructive rosters. I have now advised the company that a dispute situation exists between our two organisations and will do so until our aspirations are met.

You and your colleagues will receive a ballot paper for strike action and industrial action short of strike which will be sent to members’ home address and will be sent out on Thursday 14th December 2017. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we stand together and demonstrate our strength of feeling to the company in this dispute. I am urging members to vote ‘YES’ to both questions in the ballot for industrial action. It is crucial that you return your voting paper by, first post, on Tuesday 9th January 2018

Your union needs you to return a massive yes vote to ensure we can act upon your wishes and send the company a clear message that we will not allow them to impose these detrimental rosters that is affecting work-life balance. I urge all members to ensure their details are correct and If you have not a received a ballot paper by Wednesday 20th December 2017, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706 or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent to you by first class post. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper, ask them to call on one of the above numbers to update their details to receive a replacement ballot paper. I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary