Our Ref: HC/00001/RG
8th November 2019
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2019 – Rail Gourmet (Eurostar Contract)
Following the tremendous ballot result where you gave 100% support for possible strike action, I write to inform you that a meeting has taken place this morning to discuss the pay dispute between Rail Gourmet and RMT.
The result of the meeting was very disappointing from RMT’s view and the proposal that Rail Gourmet has made is completely unacceptable to your negotiating team who rejected the company’s position. Rail Gourmet’s offer was as follows:
· An increase in pay rates in January 2020 we estimate amounting to:
· 59p per hour for SCSA grade
· 30p per hour for CSTL grade
· 22p per hour for SCSTL grade
They further proposed that the increase to the full London Living Wage would not take place until January 2021.
The RMT’s view is that this proposal is entirely unacceptable.
Rail Gourmet indicated that this is not their final position and a further meeting has been arranged for Friday 22nd November. A report will be given to RMT’s National Executive Committee who will make a decision on whether to name strike dates ahead of the planned meeting on 22nd November.
I will keep you advised of all developments.