Our Ref B/16/3

17th June 2020


Dear Colleagues


You will no doubt have received communication from Hants & Dorset Trim over its disappointing decision to commence a redundancy process. What the company hasn’t told you, however, is that while the threat to your jobs is bad enough, management are refusing to enter a formal consultation with your union over this matter, instead hiding behind a cover of this country’s deplorable anti-trade union laws.

Your union has already requested a halt to the process and asked the company instead to enter into a consultation with the RMT about how the need for redundancies could be mitigated, but the company is pressing-on with its plans to offer the legal minimum 30 days consultation for those staff at risk. The company has made it clear it intends to continue with the redundancies without consulting with RMT on how this could be avoided, how to minimize the number of dismissals and on any retraining measures that could be used to keep staff employed.

Your National Executive Committee has considered the matter and instructed me to inform the company we are now in dispute over its insistence on pursuing redundancies without consultation and I have requested an urgent avoidance of dispute meeting be arranged.

Your NEC has also instructed me to prepare a ballot matrix of RMT members at Hants & Dorset Trim should a ballot of you and your colleagues be necessary.

In the meantime, we are committed to providing the best representation we can to any of our members who have been contacted as at risk from redundancy and have been invited to any consultation meeting. You are entitled to be represented by an RMT Representative in that meeting, so please contact your Wessex Regional Office on 02380 335412 to arrange this as soon as is possible.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed of any further developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary