Our Ref: BR4/9/8
8 November 2019
REDUCTION IN PAY DUE TO WORK SHORTAGE – STORY CONTRACTING
You will know that ongoing discussions have taken place between RMT and Story management with regards to the company’s proposed attacks on your contracts, specifically on your weekly hours and your hourly rates.
RMT has been in there fighting for our members – including the dozens of Story staff who have joined in the last few weeks – not only by arguing against the proposals put forward by Story management, but also in making representations to Network Rail, which has been blamed for restricting access to the network. You may also be aware that RMT officials have visited Story depots in order to update members as to how the union’s efforts have been progressing.
I am pleased to advise you that RMT received confirmation this morning from Story that it has withdrawn all current proposals to alter your contract. This will now enable meaningful dialogue to commence between RMT and management in the hope we can reach a successful resolution to this dispute.
I should add that Story were fully aware that failure to withdraw its proposals by 10.30 this morning was going to result in a notice of a strike ballot being served on them. It is therefore quite apparent that it was the force of the arguments put forward by your representatives and the determination of you and your RMT colleagues to fight for justice which has resulted in today’s welcome news.
I will of course keep you updated on this situation when further negotiations take place.