Our Ref BR1/15/4
28th November 2019
TO ALL ISS MEMBERS AT NORTH POLE ON THE HITACHI CONTRACT
MEMBERS ADVISED NOT TO SIGN COMPANY DOCUMENT
REORGANISATION, CLEANERS, NORTH POLE – ISS (HITACHI CONTRACT)
Further to previous correspondence you will be aware that in the summer we entered into dispute with ISS where you and your colleagues took industrial action against ISS’s planned reorganisation. Thanks to the strength and determination of you and your colleagues substantial progress was made and we reached a broad agreement on the following issues: -
• Retain the current 4-On/4-Off Shift pattern
• Reduce shift length to 9.25 Hours
• An enhanced hourly rate of pay of £10.89 to protect earnings following the reduction in shift hours
• A new shift team structure of 4 teams of 5 staff on each shift
• Creation of 8 Team Coordinator posts
• The intention to retain all directly employed ISS staff on the contract without the need for redundancies
In the last few months we have been in discussions with the company to finalise the details of the agreement but nothing has yet been agreed and we still remain in dispute. We are now hearing that management have held briefings with staff where they have asked you to sign a document which they claim has been agreed with the union. To be clear: RMT has not agreed this document and we advise members NOT to sign it.
We have serious problems over changes they have made to their proposals which includes the addition of unpaid meal breaks which will have a serious and detrimental effect you and your colleagues. We calculate that not paying you for your meal break could cost you over £1000 per year in earnings! The company should not be asking you to sign any document like this as they should be discussing and agreeing this with your union RMT on a collective basis. This appears to be a cynical attempt to bypass your union.
I have written to the company to request an urgent meeting in order to address the changes to their proposals and the cuts in paid time they have set out. We have also told them that if they don’t address your union’s concerns we will call further industrial action. We will also be preparing to ballot you all again for industrial action as is required under legislation to keep our mandate to take action going forward.
We have set them a deadline of 3rd December 2019 to hear back from them and I will make sure you are kept fully informed of developments.