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Wednesday 5th December 2012 | 09:04
RMT press release
Transport union RMT confirmed today that security and safety staff employed by STM Security Group on London Overground services will be taking strike action tomorrow, 6th December, in a dispute over bullying and an attempt to impose new terms and conditions.
Following a unanimous vote for action and a rock-solid strike early in November, management have been informed that RMT members will be on strike from ;
00.01hours to 23.59 hours on Thursday 6th December 2012
STM are contracted to provide safety and security services on London Overground stations and the workforce are under extreme pressure in the run up to the Christmas when the service is on a high state of security of alert.
Despite several warnings from RMT, management at STM Security Group have continued to bully and intimidate our Travel Safe Officer member's and union representatives and in fact the threats and intimidation have increased since RMT moved the issue into a formal dispute and took strike action.
Furthermore, the company are attempting to impose changes to contracts of employment and terms and conditions without any consultation or agreement with RMT. As a result of the appalling treatment our members have endured a unanimous vote in favour of action has been delivered, a rock sold strike has been held and now this latest phase of industrial action has been called by the RMT executive.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
"The bullying and intimidation of our members' representatives by STM Security is utterly deplorable and represents a pre-meditated assault on this trade union in a desperate attempt to try and undermine RMT's growing strength on this contract.
"The attempted imposition of new terms and conditions is just another element contributing to the picture of a company that is hell bent on confrontation with its workforce and their union.
"RMT is demanding that London Overground, which tolerates STM as one of its key contractors, intervene to stop the disgraceful activities of this outfit and we repeat our demand for these key safety services to be brought in-house rather than subbed out to these cowboys.
"Our members have shown their determination to stand up to the bullies and union-busters in the unanimous strike vote and in last month's action and the whole union stands with them in this struggle for justice. RMT remains available for talks aimed at resolving this dispute."