Friday, November 28, 2014


Our Ref: BR1/14/2
28th November 2014
Dear Colleagues
First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the recent strike action undertaken by all our affected members. You should be proud of the stand you have taken. The company never expected this level of resistance and your action is working.
Despite this fantastic resolve, the union understands that Interserve resorted to using agency workers from around London in an effort to provide a skeleton service and undermine the strike action. This raises grave concerns about the possible impact on health and safety during the strike action. I have informed Interserve that if they continue to use agency labour during legitimate strike action then they will be breaking the law.
I have also been advised that management are coercing members to work on the strike days and that management were approaching individuals in the workplace to ask them whether they intended to take strike action.
Let me make it clear, if a manager is putting pressure on you regarding your participation in any industrial action, then you should alert your RMT representative immediately.
You cannot be dismissed in the first 12 weeks for taking lawful industrial action as it is automatically considered unfair dismissal. This is illegal and if the company do attempt to dismiss members over this matter, then RMT will take legal action against the company.
Having listened to the wishes of our members, the union’s executive committee has decided to call further industrial action. All affected members at Waterloo are instructed to take the following strike action:-   
Do not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
14.59 hours on Friday 5th December 2014 and 14.58 hours on Saturday 6th December 2014.
To clarify you will be on STRIKE during the following shifts:-
Late shift on Friday 5th December
Night shift on Friday 5th December
Early Shift on Saturday 6th December
Now is the time to make your stand against management and show them that no longer will you accept their pathetic excuses as to why they refuse to ignore basic employment rights.   I urge you to join your colleagues on the picket lines outside your workplace in a show of solidarity and strength to fight for workplace justice.
Your determination and solidarity in this dispute can only be applauded. I urge you to continue your support for your union’s stance and call on all members to keep up the fight for workplace justice. Management are clearly desperate, but be assured that your union is fully behind you.
Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary 

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