REST PERIODS, TRAIN HOSTS – SERCO CALEDONIAN SLEEPER

Our Ref BR2/8/17

18th September 2020

Dear Colleague,

REST PERIODS, TRAIN HOSTS – SERCO CALEDONIAN SLEEPER

I am writing further to the overwhelming ballot result where you and your colleagues showed a clear desire to take industrial action ballot against SERCO’s lack of concern for member’s safety, wellbeing and the company’s refusal to negotiate with your union.

SERCO Caledonian Sleeper has continued to provide insufficient berths for rest periods and the company’s inability to address the fatigue felt by you and your colleagues is unacceptable. Safety on the railway is paramount and the company are showing a clear lack of regard for the welfare of its staff. There is no question that you and your colleagues are essential for the safe running of the railway and it is vital that staff are able to carry out their duties responsively and quickly. This can only happen when staff are free from the issues of fatigue.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and is appalled at SERCO’s lack of concern for the safety of our members. Not only that but SERCO are continuing to ignore the 2019 dispute resolution agreed with the union that Train Hosts should be allocated additional berths for their rest periods. Considering the overwhelming vote for industrial action the NEC sees no alternative than to use the mandate provided by you and your colleagues.

Therefore, all Sleeper Hosts and Sleeper Team Leaders working for SERCO Caledonian Sleeper are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

1730 hours on Sunday 4th October 2020 until 1730 hours on Tuesday 6th October 2020

1730 hours on Sunday 11th October 2020 until 1730 hours on Tuesday 13th October 2020

Additionally, members are also instructed to take the following action short of a strike:

Not to undertake any rest day working or higher grade duties or voluntary overtime from 1731 hours on Tuesday 6th October 2020 until 1729 hours on Sunday 11th October 2020.

Not to undertake any rest day working or higher grade duties or voluntary overtime from 1731 hours on Tuesday 13th October 2020 until further notice

Your vote shows that you and your colleagues are absolutely determined to seek justice in this dispute and I am sure this will be displayed by your full support for this industrial action.

A message has been sent to management by your vote and now by your actions. It is now time management responded in a meaningful way.

UNITY IS STRENGTH
SUPPORT YOUR UNION – SUPPORT THE ACTION

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary