To all At Seat Catering Members Arriva Trains Wales
Our Ref: HC/15/10
28th September 2018
Don’t be bullied by Rail Gourmet – RMT will defend Your Terms and Conditions
TUPE Transfer At Seat Catering to Rail Gourmet – Arriva Trains Wales
We have received some worrying information that you and your colleagues have been ‘invited’ to one-to-one meetings with Rail Gourmet as they will be talking over the contract for Arriva Trains Wales when the new Franchise comes in to being next month.
At these meetings members have been asked if they are in a Union. Let me make it clear you do not have to tell Rail Gourmet if you do not want to. Management should not be asking you this question and it is felt that they are doing so to try and intimidate you – a nice way to welcome you to the new company.
I would also like to assure you that your union recognition transfers under the TUPE regulations. The RMT will defend your jobs, terms, pay and conditions as we do now and will continue to fight for improvements and represent you individually and collectively.
I hope this reassures you as I know some members have been intimidated and expressed concerns to their representatives and the Lead Officer.
I will keep you informed of developments but in the meantime if you have any other concerns please contact your representative or Regional Office.