10 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT members to take strike action at Arriva Traincare over pay
RAIL UNION RMT said today that members working for Arriva Traincare will be taking strike action over the company’s latest pay offer.
Members will not book on for any shifts between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Friday 19th May 2017
The union has met with bosses at train maintenance company Arriva Traincare with a view to attaining a decent pay award for members. However, during the meeting it was made clear to the union’s negotiating team that the company was not prepared to enter into pay negotiations with RMT, as management asserted that Arriva Traincare do not recognise the union. Consequently, the company would only table a pay offer to a different union in the workplace.
As a result RMT’s executive decided to ballot members at the company. That ballot delivered a massive mandate for action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT members at Arriva Traincare delivered a massive yes vote for action and the company should wake up and take notice of the anger amongst their workforce over the pay issue. Instead they have ignored their staff and offered an insulting increase that systematically undermines our members standard of living.
“Our members are entitled to be represented by the union that they are members of so we can get on with our job negotiate decent pay and conditions on their behalf.
“The company’s belligerence meant that we were left with no choice but to instruct RMT members at Arriva Traincare to take this industrial action in line with the ballot result so that they can get decent representation, pay and conditions. The union remains available for talks.”