Our Ref: BR4/15/4

5th September 2017

Dear Colleague


I write further to previous correspondence, in which I advised you that you and your colleagues are being balloted for strike action. Voting papers have now been sent out to your home address and you should receive them by tomorrow, Wednesday 6th August 2017, at the latest.  Please vote as soon as you receive your ballot paper. We have to make sure that we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the anti-trade union laws and that is why every member must return their voting paper.
If securing jobs on the LNW side of the company can be done, then there is no reason why a similar arrangement can’t be put in place on LNE, thus avoiding putting skilled railway workers on the scrap heap while utilising agency workers. The situation does not make any sense at all and is a waste of railway skills and experience.

That is why your union is running this ballot as it is seems the only way to make management sit up and take notice of our members’ concerns. It was made clear to Carillion that, should they not implement an arrangement for LNE staff similar to that for LNW staff, then a ballot of all Plainline members would take place and this is where we stand now.

With the recent Trade Union Act making the Anti-Trade union laws even worse, it has never been harder to conduct a lawful ballot. New thresholds for turnouts mean a big vote is essential so I strongly urge all to vote Yes for Strike Action and Yes for Action short of a strike!

Please return your voting paper by no later than Thursday 14th September 2017.

If you have not received a ballot paper by Wednesday 6th September 2017, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706, by email at, or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent to you by first class post. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper, ask them to call on one of the above numbers to update their details to receive a replacement ballot paper.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary