Our Ref: BR4/16/3
Dear colleague
RMT raised concerns with Stobart Rail on being notified by members at the company that it had sent out notices to individuals over its plans to make 58 redundancies, primarily at its Carlisle, Widnes and Glasgow sites.
The notorious anti-union firm, which as you know has been recently bought out by German company Bavaria AG, has cited a downturn in work due to the current health emergency as a major reason for taking the decision to cut jobs.
Despite many years of attempting to organise within Stobart Rail and having a number of members at its sites, RMT is still not recognized by the company, but we do appreciate and value those who have joined and remained in the RMT.

That is why your union officials made approaches to the company to allow representation at collective consultations and at individual meetings the company plans to set up with you and your colleagues.
The matter has been considered by your union’s National Executive Committee, which has declared that your union will fight for our members at Stobart Rail with all resources we have to oppose the company’s plans and to resist any compulsory redundancies.
I was instructed to write to the company demanding an urgent meeting to discuss our concerns on this matter and for RMT to be fully involved at all meetings and discussions involving our members. Your NEC also called on the affected Regional Organisers and Relief Regional Organisers to adopt a co-ordinated strategy to protect our members’ interests during this process.
Regrettably – and maybe not unsurprisingly – Stobart declined the request to involve RMT in the collective consultation process, but has, as it is legally obliged to do, accepted that individuals can have union representation at any 1-2-1 meetings should they request this.
Our Regional Organisers will provide our members with any support necessary through this process and will do all they can to ensure that any job losses at Stobart Rail are kept to a minimum.
Should you need any advice or assistance during this time, then please do not hesitate to contact the RMT North West Regional Office on 0151 236 3912/3917. Alternatively, contact Regional Organiser Craig Johnston direct on 07764796222 or email him on

RMT fully understands that this is an extremely worrying time for you and your colleagues, but we shall do all we can to fight to defend our members’ interests and seek workplace justice at all times.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary