REORGANISATION – VOITH INDUSTRIAL SERVICES (ALSTOM CONTRACT)

Our Ref BR1/15/4

23rd November 2016

TO ALL VOITH CLEANERS ON THE WEST COAST MAINLINE

Dear Colleagues

REORGANISATION – VOITH INDUSTRIAL SERVICES (ALSTOM CONTRACT)

Many of you will be aware that Voith has announced plans to reorganise staffing levels on its Alstom contract which we believe could see 37 full time posts being made redundant, 15% of the overall workforce. Their aim is to reduce the number of on-board cleaners at various locations and substantially increase the number of turnaround cleaners particularly at Euston. The locations affected by this reorganisation would be Birmingham, Carlisle, Crewe, Euston, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Wolverhampton and Stoke.

There have been initial discussions on this matter and from the outset we have told the company that we will not tolerate any compulsory redundancies whatsoever. In the latest talks Voith have failed to meet our demand for no redundancies and failed to guarantee that staff would be UBA (used to best advantage).

Your National Executive Committee has declared a dispute on this issue as we believe Voith is treating you and your colleagues disgracefully. Consequently we are preparing to ballot all Voith Cleaners on the Alstom West Coast Mainline Contract for strike action and industrial action short of a strike. We will not tolerate such cuts to an already overstretched and demoralised workforce. It is time to take a stand so I urge you and your colleagues to vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action so management can be left in no doubt of your strength of feeling on this issue.

Ballot papers will be sent to your home addresses from Tuesday 29th November 2016 and must be returned by no later than First Post Tuesday 13th December 2016.

If you don’t receive your paper by Tuesday 6th December 2016 please contact the helpline on 0800 376 3706 or info@rmt.org.uk and a replacement paper will be sent to you first class the same day.  

STAND FIRM
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR ACTION
Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary