27 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT members to strike at Surrey bus company for basic workplace rights
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action by members at Quality Line based in Epsom will go ahead on Monday 4th December in a dispute over the basic workplace right to be represented by the union of your choice.
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 a union of our members choice all RMT members employed by Quality Line (RATP Dev London) at Epsom Depot have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Monday 4th December 2017
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said,
“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 no option but to put strike action on for 24 hours on Monday 4th December. RMT remains available for serious and meaningful talks.”