Our Ref: BR2/2/2
14th February 2019
RMT TO RE-BALLOT MEMBERS DUE TO ANTI TRADE UNION LAWS
SKILLED MAINTAINER RE-GRADE 4 TO 7 – NEXUS (TYNE & WEAR METRO)
As you are aware, there have been very cynical additions made in the 2016 Trade Union Act which put even greater restrictions on workers taking industrial action. These restrictions are some of the most draconian in Europe.
Regrettably, I now write to advise you that because we did not inform Nexus correctly of the action short of strike action that our members wished to take, in the form of working to your normal job description only and not to carry out any duties outside of that job description, we have no choice but to re ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action. Yes, we have to be that specific.
I would like to apologise to you and your colleagues for having to hold back on taking any industrial action until the re ballot is completed. Hopefully management will recognise the strength of feeling you and your colleagues have already shown and get back around the negotiating table to reach a sensible agreement that is acceptable to you and negate the need for this re ballot.
Your union’s National Executive Committee has again considered the matter and has taken the decision to re ballot all our Skilled Maintainer, Electrical/Mechanical Grade 4 members on the Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro for industrial action. Therefore, the ballot for industrial action will open on Tuesday 19th February 2019. Ballot papers will be sent to your home address shortly after this date and I urge you once again to vote YES FOR STRIKE ACTION and YES FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE when you receive your voting paper.
The issues of dispute remain the same. Our members employed as Skilled Maintainer, Electrical/Mechanical Grade 4 on the Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro have been trying to achieve pay/status parity with Technician Grade 7. Despite your Union Representatives suggesting the formation of a Joint Committee to agree a suitable evaluation mechanism as a way forward, the company has indicated it would take approximately two years to complete. A totally unacceptable timetable.
I urge you to keep up the magnificent support for your union and vote YES to both questions in the forthcoming re ballot. It is imperative that we again get a massive return in the ballot for industrial action so we are not prevented from acting on your wishes due to the anti-trade union laws. Do not waste your vote.
If you have not received your ballot paper by Wednesday 27th February 2019 please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and request a replacement voting paper. Alternatively, you may wish to contact RMT Head Office Reception on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department.
It has never been more vital for a big turnout in this ballot so I urge you all to vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.
SUPPORT YOUR UNION - RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER
VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS
IN THE BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION