PAY & CONTRACT MATTERS – EAST MIDLANDS RAILWAY

Our Ref: BR2/10/2

21st May 2021

RMT CALLS FURTHER STRIKE ACTION

Dear Colleague

PAY & CONTRACT MATTERS – EAST MIDLANDS RAILWAY

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for your solidarity and show of unity during the recent industrial action. The company’s actions have been totally unacceptable and their clear lack of concern for you and your colleagues is palpable.

Taking into consideration the views of your representatives and the Lead Officer, the union’s National Executive Committee has considered the matter further and has taken the decision to call on all our EMR Senior Conductor members to take further industrial action.

Therefore, you and your colleagues are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Sunday 6th June 2021
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Sunday 13th June 2021
0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Sunday 20th June 2021

In addition, the NEC has instructed me to share the report that was provided to them by the Lead Officer and Reps, the report is detailed as follows:

“On Friday 16th April RMT dispute Reps and Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley met with EMR directors to discuss why the previous dispute offers were rejected and why the members requested to ballot for industrial action. This was explained in detail along with the “10 red lines” from the members that needed to be met to secure a deal and end the long running dispute. We requested a reply the following week.

EMR directors responded to the RMT later than requested on the 28th April and did not wish to discuss all of the “red lines” that we requested, refusing point blank on some items. From their response we felt they used the meeting to try and justify not being underhanded in changing small print terms and conditions they made in the offers instead of actually looking to hold any meaningful talks. It was therefore on this basis that industrial action was called for 3 consecutive Sundays in May.

RMT Senior Conductors for East Midlands Railway completed their first Sunday of
solid industrial action on 16th May.

We again call on the EMR directors to take our “red lines” to the DfT and seek approval for future negotiations, simply refusing to engage in further negotiations on these matters will only inflict prolonged industrial action on the company. Despite 3 previous offers (the first withdrawn by the company, the second and third offers voted down) the feeling from the membership was that there was ‘more take than give’ in regards to EMR’s vision of compromise in a resolution.

We have been made very aware from the Companies House declaration that in March 2020 East Midlands Railway comfortably back pocketed £20 Million after tax and are paying Strike Contingency Guards (management) a tidy £275 bonus of taxpayers money for every Sunday they work to cover industrial action - a slap in the face to all Senior Conductors who made the sacrifices coming to work putting themselves and their families at risk to keep the rail service running - we could only dream of such equal treatment from this company who clearly show there is money available to end this dispute!

Until the company have obtained a cast iron guarantee from the DfT and Abellio to discuss all “red lines” further, the threat of industrial action will continue on Sundays for RMT Senior Conductor members at East Midlands Railway. The ball is in their court!”

I ask you again to show your support and stand shoulder to shoulder during the days of industrial action. We must ensure we protect our Senior Conductor members terms and conditions of employment and send a clear message to East Midlands Railway that we will not allow them to treat us with contempt.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I update you on any further developments.

UNITY IS STRENGTH
SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary