Our Ref: BR2/8/2

15th January 2018

Dear Colleague,


I am writing in relation to the above matter and further to my letter dated 7th December 2017. As you are aware, I brought your attention 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. 

Unfortunately, there has been an issue with our ballot data and the original ballot for industrial action has had to be re-issued. This is due to the strict and obstructive anti-trade union laws that try and prevent your union from carrying out the democratic process of a ballot and acting upon your wishes.

However, the fact still remains, management have chosen to ignore our concerns even after we have informed them of the dispute. There still has been no movement within management despite the union offering several alternative roster proposals that would have resolved this dispute. These imposed rosters show a 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 decision to ballot you and your colleagues for Industrial Action remains fully in force and we must demand the company stop these destructive rosters.

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 Friday 19th January 2018. 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 6th February 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 Thursday 25th January 2018, 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