Circular No IR/271/14
To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils
Our Ref: BR1/14/2
16th October 2014
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – INTERSERVE WATERLOO
Further to my previous circulars on the above matter dated 25thSeptember and 6th October 2014 (IR/250/14 and IR/264/14), in which I advised you that there has been a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations with Interserve at Waterloo. I have previously reported that there have been several problems at Waterloo which management are refusing to address. These include the suspension of six RMT members on spurious charges, the disregard of basic employment rights, the underpayment of wages and the continued bullying and harassment in the workplace.
I can now report that following a successful members meeting, it has been agreed that the union should pursue a ballot for strike action in order to force management to address the issues at Waterloo. Accordingly, ballot papers will be despatched to members’ home addresses on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 and the ballot will close on Tuesday 4th November 2014. I have informed Interserve that RMT remains available for talks and I hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute.
I will, of course, keep you fully advised of any further developments.