Stagecoach East Midlands Bus – Strike Ballot

Our Ref: HSR/1/3

Head Office Circular NP/300/20

7th December 2020

The Secretary

ALL BRANCHES

ALL REGONAL COUNCILS

 

Dear Colleague

 

STAGECOACH EAST MIDLANDS BUS – STRIKE BALLOT

 

Last week your Lead Officer for Stagecoach East Midlands engaged with the company over its failure to implement an exact fare policy.

The company’s response to RMT’s request for an exact fare policy was considered by your National Executive Committee, who carried the following resolution at its meeting on 3rd December:

That we note a meeting has taken place between the NEC, Lead Officer, AGS and Rep.

 

After discussions its quite clear the company are refusing to compromise with the union’s requests.

 

With tier 3 restrictions being put in place, the branch feel that the company have shown a total disregard for the well-being of our members on the front line.

 

At the height of the pandemic in April contactless payment and exact fare was introduced by the company to limit cash handling; this was revoked on the 1st of September.

 

With infection rates rising and the knowledge we have gained from the first wave, it is absolutely essential that this safety measure is reintroduced to protect our bus driving members.

 

With all of the above in mind this NEC feel they have no other option but to ballot our members for industrial action.

 

Therefore we instruct the general secretary to ballot all affected members for strike action. The ballot is to close on the 4th of Jan 2021.

 

Members to be informed by text/email.

 

All Relevant Branches/ Regional Councils to be informed.

 

I am acting in accordance with these instructions and will keep you advised of developments.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mick Cash

General Secretary