RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS, CARRIAGE CLEANERS - STADLER RAIL UK


Our Ref: BR4/15/4

26th August 2021

TO ALL MEMBERS AT STADLER RAIL UK (MERSEYRAIL CONTRACT)

Dear Colleagues,

RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS, CARRIAGE CLEANERS - STADLER RAIL UK (MERSEYRAIL CONTRACT)

I am writing further to my letters of 23rd August 2021, all members at Stadler Rail UK (Merseyrail Contract) should now have received their ballot paper for the above dispute, from the independent scrutineer Civica. If you have not yet done so, please make sure you return your ballot paper to the scrutineer by the closing date of Thursday 2nd September 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON BALLOT THRESHOLDS

Since the Trade Union Act 2016, where the government made the anti-trade union laws even more restrictive, all ballots have to reach two important thresholds in order for them to be valid.

At least 50% of all eligible members must vote.
At least 40% of all those eligible to vote must vote Yes.

As a result of these draconian restrictions every single vote counts. A simple majority is no longer enough so you cannot rely on other colleagues to get the vote over the line. Therefore, I urge you to complete and return your voting paper as soon as you receive it and keep maximum pressure on Stadler stop their attempts to impose these contracts.

If you have not received your ballot paper please email us at info@rmt.org.uk or contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and a replacement ballot paper will be sent out to your home address by first class post.

Do not waste your vote. It is imperative that we get a massive return in the ballot for industrial action, so we are not prevented from acting on our members' wishes by the ballot thresholds. Failure to meet these thresholds means industrial action cannot happen, so a high turnout is absolutely crucial.

Members will be kept fully informed of any further developments.

NO TO FIRE AND REHIRE!
SUPPORT YOUR UNION
UNITY IS STRENGTH

Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch
General Secretary