26 November 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff announce new strike action in fight for workplace justice.
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action next month, starting on New Year’s Eve, in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company continues to fail to address the abuse and bullying of their staff.
Members have been instructed not to book on for shifts as follows;
• 06.00 hours on Friday 31st December 2021 until 05.59 hours on Monday 3rd January 2022
This latest phase of action follows on from previous rock-solid strikes and has been called because instead of recognising the strength of the genuine grievances the company have chosen to do nothing to address the now long-term dispute.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said:
“Our members have been left with no choice but to again take further strike action next month as a culture of bullying and harassment has been allowed to continue at Edinburgh Waverley which has led to a wholesale breakdown in industrial relations.
“Instead of recognising the strength of the staff grievances and entering into sensible and serious negotiations my members report that bullying and harassment is ongoing.
“The strike action, which starts on New Year’s Eve, is all about respect and justice in the workplace and the company’s continued refusal to do anything about it.
“Rail Gourmet needs to listen to the strength of feeling of its workers and address these long running and deep-seated issues and put a stop to this toxic environment and treat its workers with the respect that they deserve.
“The union remains available for talks.”