Our Ref: BR1/15/4
5th June 2019
REORGANISATION, CLEANERS, NORTH POLE – ISS (HITACHI CONTRACT)
The RMT has a national recognition agreement for all ISS contracts and one of the principles of this agreement is that ‘management will inform and consult with elected union representatives on decisions which affect staff, their work and well-being.’’ Despite this agreement, ISS has communicated ‘direct to staff’ a planned reorganisation at the North Pole depot and now management is seeking to undertake a 30 day consultation process, again ‘direct with staff’. This process is outside the recognition arrangements that exist between our two organisations.
The company’s proposals and managements failure to consult with your union has resulted in a dispute situation. Therefore, in order to protect you and your colleague’s interests and resist the imposition of this highly detrimental reorganisation proposal, your union’s National Executive Committee has taken the decision to ballot all our cleaning grade members at North Pole depot for industrial action. This situation shows a total disregard to a principled process and undermines your recognised Trade Union. It is deeply concerning and disrespectful.
The ballot for strike action and industrial action short of a strike will open on Monday 10th June 2019 and your voting paper will be sent to your home address shortly after this date. If you have not received your voting paper by Friday 14th June 2019 please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or Head Office on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department, where a replacement voting paper will be sent out.
Please make sure you use your vote and vote YES to both questions when you receive your ballot paper. It is imperative that we get a massive return in the ballot for industrial action so we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the new ballot thresholds.
I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, update you on any further developments.