Sunday, October 6, 2013
Circular No IR/576/13
To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils
Our Ref: BR1/15/9
4th October 2013
INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY – MCNULTY REPORT
Further to my Circular No IR/493/13 dated the 22nd August 2013 with regards to the above matter and in relation to the series of special meetings taking place with our union representatives to discuss our strategy and key demands in response to the McNulty report, I can now advise you that a well attended meeting has been held in Plymouth.
The General Grades Committee notes the report on file regarding the successful meeting at Plymouth with regards to the McNulty Report awareness. Further, the Senior Assistant General Secretary, Regional Organiser and National Executive member addressed the very well attended meeting and it was clear from the meeting that the RMT needs to step up its campaign to further highlight to the public and media the critical roles that railway workers perform day in and day out. Therefore, the union will be producing special newsletters for our members and publications for the travelling public to address this.
Further, the General Grades Committee notes that an additional South West meeting is taking place in Exeter on Tuesday 22ndOctober 2013 at 18.00 hours in the Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter.
The General Grades Committee has also reiterated its previous decision to hold meetings in Glasgow, London, Doncaster, Newcastle and Norwich as part of the McNulty Strategy and I have been instructed to urgently obtain details of these meetings.
In accordance with the above, I would be most grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all your members and I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.
Circular No: IR/578/13
Our Ref: HC/0001/RG
5 October 2013
To: Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices
RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2013 – RAIL GOURMET
It has been brought to my attention that Rail Gourmet has imposed a below-inflation pay increase on our members without any consultations taking place with your union.
The matter has been considered by the General Grades Committee which has noted that, despite a recognition agreement having been in place with Rail Gourmet from September 2011, minimal pay negotiations have taken place since.
I have therefore been instructed by the GGC to obtain a reportregarding this issue from our Lead Officer for the company and to arrange an urgent meeting with the company.
Furthermore, I also bring attention to the GGC decision that Branches and Regional Councils should have a recruitment and retention plan placed on the agenda of their forthcoming meetings.
I will keep members advised of developments in this matter.