5 March 2014
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that staff working for Rail Gourmet at Euston, servicing the Virgin West Coast trains, are to be balloted for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over a culture of bullying and aggression within the company which has led to a complete breakdown in industrial relations.
RMT has identified a number of issues which the union believes must be resolved as a matter of urgency:
• abuse of the disciplinary and grievance procedures
• the general aggressive and bullying style of the company’s management team
• management not honouring staff annual leave entitlements
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Despite the efforts of RMT representatives to tackle a growing catalogue of abuse, bullying and harassment through the machinery of negotiation, those issues remain unresolved leaving us no option now but to move to a ballot.
“The company has shown no signs whatsoever that they are prepared to make progress on these serious issues and as a result we have now informed Rail Gourmet that a dispute situation exists between our two organisations and that we will remain in dispute until all these matters are resolved to our satisfaction.
“The union’s executive committee has called a ballot of all our Rail Gourmet members at Euston for strike action and industrial action short of a strike which will close on Tuesday 1st April 2014. The company have been informed that RMT remains available for talks and we hope that the Rail Gourmet management will now see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute.”