Our Ref: B/20/6
17th October 2017

Dear Colleague


I write further to previous correspondence in which I advised you that you and your colleagues are being balloted for strike action and action short of a strike. The ballot opens on Monday 23rd October and the voting paper will be sent to your home address. If you have not received your ballot paper by Monday 30th October 2017 please contact the Helpline 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.
As you are aware the company have signed a Voluntary Recognition agreement with Unite and continue to refuse to recognise your union of choice, the RMT. The company also choose to ignore the fact that your union has the majority of members at the depot.  Your union has also been denied access to your workplace to recruit fellow employees despite the fact that the company are happy to let Unite have access whenever they want. Your union has made every attempt to resolve this issue with the company but our efforts have been ignored.

That is why your union is running this ballot as it is seems the only way to make management sit up and take notice of members’ concerns. It was made clear to RATP Dev London that should they continue to ignore your wishes and implement the recognition for your union that we would be forced to ballot members.
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.

If you have not received a ballot paper by Monday 30th October 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