24 April 2016
RMT Press Office:
You will by now have received a very threatening letter from Charles Horton, the Chief Executive Officer and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a disgraceful communication. I’m afraid it just proves how little the company think of its staff. Also ensuring you receive it on the weekend of the London Marathon, when Southern expect you to go the extra mile in assisting passengers, is just deplorable.
You have voted in a democratic ballot. The result was absolutely magnificent both in the numbers voting and those voting ‘yes’. This in itself should be reason enough for the company to re-address the issues and ensure your grade is retained and your hard earned terms, conditions and responsibilities protected. Obviously Govia care more about their shareholders than their staff – you!
Some of the things that the company are threatening, for example taking the Govia travel passes from your partners and dependents, is basically pathetic. A petulant child wouldn’t be that petty. Some of the other threats regarding pay deductions are much more serious and I am getting urgent legal advice on this matter and will email you again Monday.
In the meantime don’t be intimidated by the company’s letter.
THE FIGHT GOES ON
SUPPORT THE STRIKE.