Our Ref: BR4/16/3

25 June 2018

Dear colleague


Your union attended a meeting with Alstom management this week at which the company provided a power point presentation that outlined its desire for a radical restructuring programme that would see a reduction in the workforce across all grades and all locations of around 200. Management also stated that it would undertake a review of working practices to bring about both integration and harmonisation which would also require the need for an updated set of terms and conditions.

While the company claims that part of the reason for this restructuring/redundancy process is that their employment costs are far higher than their competitors, they could not provide any supporting evidence when challenged to do so.

The company has stated that it will work closely with the trade unions – but I have to put on record that RMT was the only recognised union which had any elected representatives in attendance, never mind a full time officer) – in order to finds ways of reducing and hopefully eliminating any need for compulsory redundancies. Our Lead Officer reports that the job losses, although across all locations and grades, bearing the biggest brunt will be Liverpool Edge Hill and Wolverhampton.

Your union has made it clear to the company that we will not be accepting any compulsory redundancies and have suggested that they could use staff under threat of redundancy to best advantage.

Your National Executive Committee has noted the situation and reiterated our position of no compulsory redundancies and that we shall not hesitate to defend this position with an immediate response. Furthermore, the NEC, following a recommendation from the negotiating team, has instructed me to prepare a ballot matrix of you and your colleagues for strike action and action short of a strike.

In the meantime, your RMT representatives will be consulting members at the various depots on how to provide feedback to your Regional Organiser and the NEC to compile a formal response to the company’s proposals.

I would also ask you to ensure your membership details are up to date and provide the members’ helpline on 0800 376 3706 with any necessary changes to your job circumstances or address. I would urge you to encourage your colleagues who are in another union or in no union at all to join the RMT as we are the only union to have attended meetings up to now and will be all the stronger to defend our position and resist the company if our numbers are strengthened.

I will of course keep you up to date with all developments in this matter and will provide more details following the two days of intensive consultation and negotiations on all factors related to this wholesale restructuring process which takes place on 12-13 July 2018.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary