Pay & Conditons Dispute, Engineering Grades, FGW
RMT Circular: 12th May 2008
To all RMT Engineering Grade Members
PAY AND CONDITIONS ISSUES DISPUTE, ENGINEERING GRADES - FIRST GREAT WESTERN
NOTICE OF STRIKE ACTION AND REVISED INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE - Sunday 18 May 2008
RMT has now taken the decision to take a ‘one day’ strike and not an indefinite overtime ballot from 18th May. This follows consultation with RMT Reps from all the depots affected.
Therefore please DO NOT book-on for any turns of duty between 00.01 and 23.59 on Sunday 18th May 2008. Please also note that a ban on working any form of overtime will be in operation that day, but only for the 24 hour period in question and not on a continuous basis as detailed before.
Our members have shown solid support for the RMT in the ballot by voting 3 to 1 in favour of strike action and 7 to 1 in favour of action short of a strike. This has sent a clear message to FGW that our engineering grade members including Skilled, Shunting, Manoeuvring and Carriage Cleaning members are not prepared to be treated less favourably than other grades employed by FGW.
As I said, strike action is called for ALL TURNS BOOKING ON Sunday 18 May between the hours of 00.01 and 23.59. This means Saturday 17th May night staff book on as normal and complete their turn of duty of duty as their turn starts before Sunday 0001.
Any FGW Engineering Grade who wishes to support the RMT action on Sunday 18th May can simply fill out an application form and they are covered.
Harmonisation – Don’t be fooled !
➢ FGW have proposed the continued use of contractors in all grades and the gradual replacement of FO1s with ‘cheaper’ contractors. RMT will not accept your jobs going to the lowest bidder .RMT wants FGW workers on FGW work !
➢ FGW want more unsociable rostering (nightshift and weekends) particularly at SPM and Reading but are offering ‘pennies’ as compensation. RMT want decent rates of pay to recognise unsociability !
➢ FGW are continuing to refuse to recognise the importance and responsibilities of Shunters. RMT believe that Shunting skills must be properly rewarded !
➢ FGW are proposing no real improvements in pay to recognise the Harmonisation changes they want. RMT are determined to improve pay for Engineering grades and to close the gap on the differential with drivers!
➢ FGW want Engineering staff to wait until 2009 for the 35 hour week – 3 years into the franchise ! RMT have stated that none of our Engineering members should be on more than 35 hours particularly when FGW have given it to ALL other grades – before harmonisation !
➢ FGW want Engineering grades to wait for enhanced overtime rates but other grades have been granted these in 2007 – before harmonisation ! Remember - drivers never even had to ask for this ! RMT believes this is unacceptable. Depot workers should not be treated less favourably !