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RMT: Strike on Cross Country Trains from Penzance to Aberdeen

RMT press release

RMT announces strike on Cross Country Trains from Penzance to Aberdeen over complete breakdown of industrial relations.
 
Following a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations between Cross Country Trains and RMT, the union has secured a yes vote from train managers, senior conductors and on board catering staff for both strike action and action short of a strike. The Cross Country service radiates out of Birmingham and covers much of England, major points in Scotland as well as Cardiff in Wales.

RMT today confirmed the following action on Cross Country services:

All Train Manager, Senior Conductor and On-Board Catering members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

  • 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Friday 21st December 2012

RMT has outlined a number of issues which have provoked the current dispute. Despite efforts by RMT negotiators to deal with the matters through the normal procedures so far the company has refused to engage
the union in meaningful talks. The issues at the heart of the dispute are:

  • The use of the Unsatisfactory Performance Procedure to harass and intimidate members in cases relating to sales and the continued use of target league tables.
  • The imposition of new rosters at Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Abuse of Managing for Attendance procedures to force out staff injured at work
  • Train Managers not being afforded the sufficient training on technology changes. 
  • The failure to offer a satisfactory payment recognising the changes to walking times.
  • The disciplining of Train Managers for non-attendance of duty on a Sunday.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

"As a result of the total collapse of industrial relations across a whole raft of matters RMT we are in dispute with Cross Country and the union has had no option but to ballot members for action and with a mandate secured we are pushing on with a 24 hour strike. We will continue to apply pressure on the company until all of these issues
are resolved to our satisfaction.

"RMT will not sit back while procedures are used to harass and dismiss members, important changes are imposed rather than negotiated and technological and operational changes are not recognised and rewarded.

"RMT remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute."



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