Our Ref BR1/15/10
8th September 2020
TO ALL BESPOKE FACILITIES MEMBERS ON THE HITACHI RAIL CONTRACT
TUPE TRANSFER – ISS (HITACHI RAIL CONTRACT) TO BESPOKE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
I write to you in relation to your recent TUPE transfer from the ISS (Hitachi Rail Contract) to Bespoke Facilities Management (Hitachi Rail Contract). The union’s executive has recently received a report from our lead officer in relation to this transfer.
When TUPE transfers occur the recognised trade union should be part of a consultation to ensure the process is conducted in a proper manner. Unfortunately at no point was your union informed or involved by ISS in this process and we have only recently met with your new employer Bespoke Facilities Management. Our lead officer reports that the key points were confirmed by the company: -
- Affected staff transferred on 00:00 hours on 28th July 2020
- The total staff numbers transferred was 114. This includes the following job roles: Administrator, Assistant shift Coordinator’s, Cleaning operatives, HSQE and training manager, Site managers, Team Coordinator.
- All existing terms and conditions of employment will be honoured as per the TUPE regulations
- RMT trade union recognition will transfer to Bespoke for the three sites i.e. North Pole, Stoke Gifford and Swansea
- An Auto enrolment pension scheme will be offered.
- The company propose a shift pattern of 4 on 4 off for any staff wishing to change to this.
- The company will be removing the bonus scheme however there will be a pay increase which will be greater than the payrate including the bonus.
- Bespoke pay their staff monthly. All staff have been offered the option of receiving a bridging loan.
Having considered the updated from your lead officer the union’s National Executive Committee noted that the date for this TUPE transfer was 28th July 2020 and that the process is now complete. The NEC also noted our dismay that at no stage during this process have ISS conducted any form of consultation with RMT.
From this point we will be starting a recruitment campaign to at all three sites and I urge members to encourage any of your colleagues who are not currently RMT members to join us. The greater our level of membership, the stronger position we will be in to make real improvements to your terms and conditions going forward.