4 December 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT members striking today at Surrey bus company for basic workplace rights
RMT members are standing solid and united on the picket line today at a Surrey-based bus company in a dispute over the basic workplace right to be represented by the union of their choice. (Press hand out picture attached).
RMT is by far the biggest union at the Quality Line Epsom depot but despite this fact the company refuses to recognise us and have instead stitched up a back room deal with a minority organisation with a handful of members.
RMT has made every effort to resolve the issue amicably but those attempts have been kicked back in our faces.
As a result of the abject failure by the company to grant the basic right to recognition by their union of choice all RMT members employed by Quality Line (RATP Dev London) are on strike for 24 hours today.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said,
"RMT salutes our members who are standing solid and united today in their strike action at Quality Line in the fight for basic democratic and workplace rights.
“It is frankly appalling that Quality Line/RATP are refusing point blank to allow our members the basic right to be represented by the trade union of their choice.
"Our representatives have tried repeatedly to broker a fair solution but every attempt has been thrown back in our faces despite the fact that RMT is by far and away the biggest union at the Epsom depot.
“As a result of this appalling breach of fundamental human rights we have had no option but to put strike action on for 24 hours today. RMT remains available for serious and meaningful talks.”