RMT strike dates at Freightliner Heavy Haul

RMT strike dates at Freightliner Heavy Haul

16 September 2016

RMT Press Office

RMT strike dates at UK freight giant Freightliner Heavy Haul over pay.

TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that 24-hour strike action will take place on September 22/23 at Freightliner Heavy Haul in a dispute over pay.

Over 75 per cent of members voting backed the action in a dispute at one of the largest freight companies in the country.
The union instructed all affected members not to book on  for any shifts that commence between:- 00:01 hours on Thursday September 22 and 23:59 hours on Friday  September 23.

The timeline of the dispute is as follows:

August 18 2015 - 0% offered
January 16 2016 - Referendum ballot of RMT members rejects offer by 9 to 1
Jan to May 16 – Redundancy Consultations begin due to down turn in coal usage
 August/September - Ballot underway including, Groundstaff, Shift Managers, Clerical and Supervisory.

 RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is clear from the company accounts that despite the fact that there has been a downturn in the use of coal that FLHH are still showing healthy reserves and profits and that a pay rise to keep pace with the cost of living would be a drop in the ocean compared to the numbers on the Freightliner Heavy Haul balance sheet.

“The union also notes that Directors’ pay has shot up by nearly 30% over a year showing that it is only the front-line workforce being expected to take the hit.

“RMT is aware that the company are also putting safety at risk by training scab managers - production managers and movement inspectors - on a very short course in shunting compressing a normal five week course down to three days in an effort to break the strike.

“The union is calling for a fair pay increase that stops our members taking a hit on their standard of living. It is clear that a reasonable increase is affordable and that is what our members are fighting for.
The union remains available for talks.”


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