The dispute hinges on entirely bogus company claims that they have recently had to have a ‘necessary minor reorganisation’ which identified an individual as being at risk of redundancy. At the members appeal hearing the company stated that she did not fall under the collective bargaining agreements and therefore existing agreements did not apply. However, as part of the 2014 pay award the company identified that same member as an employee who was covered by collective bargaining and on acceptance of the pay award she was granted the pay uplift along with all the other employees who are covered by collective bargaining and who all benefit from the job protection agreements.
Importantly, last year the RMT member now being forced out reprimanded a Senior Manager at Hull Trains after she witnessed them verbally abuse a colleague. In light of this incident, the union’s negotiating team believes that the ‘necessary minor reorganisation’ was a ploy to manage our member out of the business and that management breached the job protection agreements to speed up this process. Furthermore, at no time did Hull Trains inform the union, either at locally or nationally, that a reorganisation was taking place and that RMT members were at risk of redundancy.
The union executive will now consider the next steps in light of the overwhelming mandate for action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The union’s executive committee has considered this matter and deems Hull Trains’ failure to abide by the collective bargaining procedures as unacceptable. This union will not tolerate any member being removed from employment by underhand means. The company are riding roughshod over their own procedures and this has to be opposed in the strongest possible terms.
“RMT has given Hull Trains plenty of time and opportunity to reinstate our member but they have chosen instead to adopt a cavalier and confrontational attitude. As a result of that hard-headed approach we have balloted for both strike action and action short of a strike. Our members have registered their anger in an overwhelming vote for action which will now be considered by the unions executive.
“RMT remains available for talks.”