Our Ref HC/9/18
2nd March 2019
NON PAYMENT OF LONDON LIVING WAGE, AGENCY STAFF - RAIL GOURMET (GWR CONTRACT)
Further to my letter dated 28th February 2019 you will be aware that members on the GWR Rail Gourmet Contract, who had been employed via the Quattro Agency, were not being paid the correct rate of pay in line with the Foundation Living Wage. In 2014 it was agreed as part of the resolution to the Breakdown in Industrial Relations dispute with GWR that all contractors would be paid the in line FLW.
Your union took this matter up with Rail Gourmet and GWR and the affected members are now receiving the correct rate of pay. However the arrears payments continue to be outstanding. I am pleased to advise you that thanks to our making it very clear that we would enter into dispute on this matter, GWR have advised us that the arrears payments will be made on Friday 5th April 2019 in line with the four weekly pay run.
In addition to the pay rate issue, we had requested tripartite talks with Rail Gourmet and GWR with a view to reaching an agency worker agreement. Regrettably this request was rejected but we will continue to pursue this matter and will keep you informed of any further developments.