VICTIMISATION OF RMT REPRESENTATIVES, A. GRAY, D. BABINGTON AND J. COLEMAN, HOLYHEAD – STENA LINE

Our Ref: SH/4/5
31st October 2018

***RMT in dispute with Stena Line***
Ballot for industrial action is being prepared

Dear Colleagues

VICTIMISATION OF RMT REPRESENTATIVES, A. GRAY, D. BABINGTON AND J. COLEMAN, HOLYHEAD – STENA LINE

Further to my letter dated 19th October 2018, in which I advised you of the three Stena Line Representatives at Holyhead had been called into one-to-one meetings with local management to discuss personal redundancy agreements. I can reveal that it was Brothers Alan Gray, Dean Babington and Jimmy Coleman who are the Representatives on the Stena Adventurer that were involved in this incident. The individuals were advised by management that they were ‘a disruptive influence on the ship and they had intimidated other crew members’. Brother Gray, Brother Babington and Brother Coleman were all offered sums of money to ‘exit’ the company and have now been placed on indefinite ‘authorised’ leave to allow them time to consider management’s proposals.

The claims that our Representatives are disruptive and have been intimidating their colleagues are totally baseless and could not be backed up with any first-hand evidence. Additionally, Brother Gray, Brother Babington and Brother Coleman all have clean disciplinary records, first-rate appraisal records and have completed a combined 73 years’ worth of service for the company.

It is the firm belief of the RMT that the treatment of Brother Gray, Brother Babington and Brother Coleman represents a malicious attack on our trade union and undermines the RMT’s ability to organise and represent members at Holyhead. The amounts of money that were offered to our Representatives were exorbitant and therefore had to have been authorised by someone high up the chain of command at Stena. All three individuals have politely declined the ‘exit’ money however; they still remain on indefinite ‘authorised’ leave.

The matter has now been considered by the union’s National Executive Committee and it has decided to enter into dispute with Stena Line over this vindictive attack on our three members. I have now written to Stena Line demanding that Brother Gray, Brother Babington and Brother Coleman are returned to their substantive posts forthwith. I have also requested an urgent meeting with the company in order to seek a resolution on this matter.

Additionally, the union is in the process of preparing a ballot for industrial action which requires us to make sure all the workplaces and job titles of our members are as accurate as possible. I would be grateful if you could ensure your records are up to date as soon as possible so that a ballot can proceed as quickly as possible. This can be done by contacting the union’s helpline on 0800 376 3706 or by emailing info@rmt.org.uk

I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary