Our Ref: BR4/14/2
16th November 2017

Dear Colleague,


The ballot for strike action and action short of a strike opened on Friday 10th November 2017 and the voting papers have been sent to your home address. If you have not received your ballot paper by Monday 20th November 2017 please contact the Helpline immediately on 0800 376 3706.   

Please vote as soon as you receive your ballot paper. We have to make sure that we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the anti-trade union laws and that is why every member must return their voting paper.

Your union has continued to press Network Rail to deliver a fair and just pay and grading package for you and your colleagues. However, up to now, the proposals put forward by management fall way short of what your union class as “fair and just”. Your union put forward proposals that went someway to addressing your concerns but these were rejected by the company. Enough is enough and now is the time for management to deliver or face the industrial consequences.

With the recent Trade Union Act making the Anti-Trade union laws even worse, it has never been harder to conduct a lawful ballot. New thresholds for turnouts mean a big vote is essential so I strongly urge all to vote Yes for Strike Action and Yes for Action short of a strike!

Please return your voting paper by no later than Tuesday 28th November 2017.


If you have not received a ballot paper by Monday 20th November 2017, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706, by email at, 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.         

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary