11 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms strike vote across Stagecoach South West buses over victimisation and sacking of union official.
Bus union RMT confirmed today that hundreds of drivers and other staff will be balloted for strike action over the victimisation and sacking of a branch official.
Over 400 staff will take part in the ballot with the majority based in Exeter and the remainder based in Exmouth and Sidmouth. As well as drivers, the ballot will include engineers, clerks, cleaners and controllers.
RMT has repeatedly refuted the serious allegations levelled at our member by company bosses but despite mounting a robust defence throughout the disciplinary process the management side have chosen to ignore the facts and confirm the dismissal which the union says is grossly unfair and wholly disproportionate. The dismissal is also out of line with precedent within the company, highlighting the RMT case that it is cast iron case of victimisation of an experienced and respected local union official.
The ballot process is now underway with members urged to vote YES to both strike action and action short of a strike. The ballot closes on the 18th May.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“This ballot has been forced on us by Stagecoach’s wholesale refusal to listen to reason throughout the disciplinary procedure. Instead, they have chosen to pick on this particular member of staff and single him out for special treatment which has resulted in dismissal. As far as we are concerned that amounts to victimisation of a highly-respected local union official.
“The ballot is underway and the union would appeal once again to see sense, get back around the table and negotiate a settlement with us.”