28 September 2015
RMT Press Office
Signallers take further action in Swindon and Thames Valley over staff member sacking
Signallers working out of the Swindon A and Thames Valley Centre will be taking further industrial action over the coming weeks over the wholly unwarranted sacking of a colleague.
All Signalling members at Swindon A and Thames Valley Signalling Centre are instructed not to work any Overtime between: -
· 0001 hours Monday 5th October 2015 until 23.59 hours on Friday 9th October 2015
· 0001 hours Monday 12th October 2015 until 23.59 hours on Friday 16th October 2015.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Firstly I want to congratulate our members for the steadfast support for their colleague who we believe has been unjustly sacked by Network Rail. In particular our members are to be congratulated for the recent weeks of industrial action which were rock solid and have hit the organisation hard. The action has had a real impact with managers being utilised in a desperate attempt to maintain a service but to the complete detriment of their own work.
“As part of the scabbing operation, during the most recent action at TVSC there have been on average three contingent managers rostered per shift. The result of this is that they are unable to train signallers for the new system they are looking to introduce at the end of this year which will have serious impact in the long term.
“The union has demonstrated that the clear will and demand of the members is for the immediate reinstatement of our colleague. Despite efforts to resolve the matter, regrettably the company has so far refused to budge and as a result we have no option but to put on further action in the coming weeks. RMT remains available for talks.”