Latest update on the current situation and redundancies at Hull Trains

Our Ref: BR2/16/3

16th December 2020

Items Contained in this letter are:

REDUNDANCIES, TECHNICAL RIDING INSPECTORS – HULL TRAINS
REDUNDANCIES, SERVICE CENTRE ASSISTANTS – HULL TRAINS
REDUNDANCIES, ON BOARD HOSTS – HULL TRAINS

Dear Colleague,

The union was advised that Hull Trains were seeking individuals to take voluntary redundancy. Whilst the union made its position clear and attempted to mitigate any redundancies, we ensured those who did volunteer received fair and equal treatment. The union guaranteed that enhanced packages under PTR&R provisions, rather than statutory redundancy arrangements, were used. All those who volunteered left the company on these enhanced packages. However, despite a number of individuals volunteering the company still made a number of our members in the technical rider and on-board host grades compulsory redundant.

REDUNDANCIES, TECHNICAL RIDING INSPECTORS – HULL TRAINS

The vast majority of our technical riding grades members have now obtained employment with other rail engineering companies such as Siemens and in other Train Operating Companies, such as, East Midlands Railway. These members have left Hull Trains with the enhanced redundancy arrangements.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has acknowledged that all but one of our members has found alternative employment. The NEC would like to place on record their thanks to Hull Rail Branch and the Hull Trains representatives for their hard work and dedication throughout these difficult times. The NEC has also reiterated in the strongest terms that the union is against all compulsory redundancies.

REDUNDANCIES, SERVICE CENTRE ASSISTANTS – HULL TRAINS

Unfortunately, Hull Trains have pressed ahead with their planed transfer of the call centre staff from Hull to Sheffield. This arrangement is part of First Groups initiative to centralise all of their call centre facilities into one location. Our members based in Hull were all unable to transfer to the Sheffield facility and as a result were effectively made redundant.

The union sought favourable packages for our members and even though two out of the three staff had short periods of employment, all staff left under the enhanced PTR&R redundancy provisions. Additionally, small payments were made as part of an agreement with our members.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and acknowledged that the Union is continuing to press Hull Trains to do everything possible to find alternative employment for our members. The NEC would like to place on record their thanks to Hull Rail Branch and the Hull Trains representatives for their hard work and dedication throughout these difficult times. The NEC has also reiterated in the strongest terms that the union is against all compulsory redundancies.

REDUNDANCIES, ON BOARD HOSTS – HULL TRAINS

A number of our On-Board Host members have been made compulsory redundant and have left the business on the enhanced PTR&R package. Additionally, a number of On-Board Hosts have remained within the business on furlough until February 2021. The union is continuously pressing Hull Trains to do everything possible to find alternative employment for our members who have been made redundant or those still at risk.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has noted the report from our Lead Officer. The NEC has acknowledged that the Union is continuing to press Hull Trains to do everything possible to find alternative employment for our members. The NEC would like to place on record their thanks to Hull Rail Branch and the Hull Trains representatives for their hard work and dedication throughout these difficult times. The NEC has also reiterated in the strongest terms that the union is against all compulsory redundancies.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on matters and I will write to you again once I have more information to share.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary