Our Ref: BR2/14/2
22nd June 2020
SUSPENSION OF RMT REPRESENTATIVES, FRATTON – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
As you are aware, two of our representatives, Mark Gamble and Brian Perren, were suspended from duty using unscrupulous charges. After successful representation Brian was reinstated to his substantive role. However, Mark has been left in limbo by the company and still faces these ridiculous charges.
It is appalling that the company are still dragging their heels and has failed to reinstate our long standing representative, Mark Gamble. Without question and from the very start of this dispute, the company’s actions have been draconian and heavy handed. Their treatment of our representatives has been abhorrent and can only be seen as a clear attack on your democratically elected representatives. This continued suspension is a shambles and just shows the great lengths SWR will go to do try and block effective workplace representatives.
The company are bewilderingly continuing to peruse disciplinary action against Mark. The fact that this issue is still ongoing only highlights the company’s incompetence. SWR has mismanaged and dealt with this situation poorly and it is evident that the handling of this situation poses a real risk to all members. I understand that many of you and your colleagues now feel that South Western Railway is unable to conduct a fair and just disciplinary process.
Therefore, the National Executive Committee has consulted with your Representatives and after careful consideration believes that there is no other choice but to ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action to ensure our effective and longstanding rep is reinstated to his current position.
The ballot for industrial action to defend our colleague will commence on Monday 29th June and you will need to ensure you return your voting paper by no later than first post, on Tuesday 21st July 2020. To ensure a swift ballot and to have a chance to vote, I urge you all to ensure your membership details are correct. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, please contact the RMT Helpline by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org; alternatively you can call the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 and ask to speak to the Industrial Relations Department. Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact the union on one of the above contact methods where we will be able to amend their details accordingly.
It has never been more vital that we come together and ensure an enormous turnout in this ballot, so I urge you all to vote overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.
SUPPORT YOUR REP - RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER
VOTE ‘YES’ TO BOTH QUESTIONS IN THE
BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Senior Assistant General Secretary