Our Ref: B/20/6 30th October 2017

Dear Colleague,


As detailed in my previous correspondence, the ballot for strike action and action short of a strike opened on Monday 23rd October with voting papers being sent to your home address. Everyone should have received their ballot paper by now. If you have not, please contact the Helpline on 0800 376 3706 as a matter of urgency so a replacement can be issued. Do not lose your right to vote. Have your voice heard.

Please ensure that you 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.   I reiterate the key issue which is that the company have signed a Voluntary Recognition agreement with Unite and continue to refuse to recognise your union of choice, the RMT. The company ignored the fact that your union has the majority of members at the depot.  And do not forget that your union was denied access to your workplace to recruit fellow employees despite the fact that the company were happy to let Unite have access whenever they wanted. Your union has continued in its attempts to resolve this issue with the company but our efforts continue to be ignored.

That is why this ballot is being run. The only way to make management sit up and take notice of members’ concerns is to vote Yes for Strike Action and Yes for Action short of a strike! RATP Dev London know that by ignoring your wishes and refusing to implement the recognition for your union that we have been forced to hold this ballot.   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 7th November 2017.


Yours sincerely   Mick Cash General Secretary