Our Ref: BR4/1500
18 June 2019
RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT, TRACK GEOMETRY SERVICES OPERATOR GRADES – BALFOUR BEATTY
The referendum of you and your colleagues with regards to the company proposals for a Restructuring Agreement in the Track Geometry Services Operator Grades has concluded and the result is as follows:
Are you prepared to accept the company’s offer
Total votes cast 36
Number voting YES 0
Number voting NO 36
It came to light during the period of the referendum that this result was likely due to Balfour Beatty advertising Operator vacancies externally on the basis of the proposed new terms. This created a great deal of justified anger from you and your colleagues as the company’s actions were done without any prior agreement with your union. You obviously expressed that anger through this referendum by delivering an overwhelming rejection of the company’s proposals.
I am not suggesting that the company’s actions were the only factor in you rejecting these proposals so your negotiators will now be tasked in gaining improvements to this package as they are obviously not acceptable in their present form.
The company has been informed of the rejection of their proposals and we now await further developments in this regard.
I will of course write to you again in due course.