22 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to begin the process of balloting a group of staff for industrial action on the Crossrail project.
RMT Works Train Controller members (engineering staff) working for VGC and based at Plumstead Depot on the Crossrail Project recently submitted a collective grievance and held discussions with VGC management regarding their rate of pay, which they have learned is approximately half that of other grades.
Despite this grievance, the rate of pay has not been uplifted to a level which represents the role and is in line with our members’ colleagues.
Due to the Company’s refusal to resolve this issue and end the exploitation of RMT members, a dispute situation now exists between us and RMT’s executive has decided to begin balloting for industrial action.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“RMT members working for VGC out of Plumstead on the Crossrail project are standing up for fairness and workplace justice and the union is backing them to the hilt.
“RMT will not tolerate a situation where members working on the prestigious and expensive Crossrail operation are getting a raw deal on pay compared to other grades.
“The union remains available for talks.”