Circular No: IR/0088/16
TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL OFFICES & REGIONAL COUNCILS
Our Ref: BR2/14/2
30th March 2016
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, WATERLOO – SOUTH WEST TRAINS
I have recently received disturbing reports from our Waterloo Branch regarding the above matter. South West Trains have repeatedly refused to meet with our elected representatives which are clearly outlined by the company’s 1996 procedures. Additionally, I am deeply concerned as to why the company have decided inflame the situation by meeting with another union to discuss rosters for rail operators when the other union has no recognition or collective bargaining.
South West Trains have repeatedly received requests and correspondence asking management to engage in dialogue to resolve this matter. The most recent correspondence was sent by the Lead Officer to the Director, highlighting the breakdown in industrial relations and requesting a meeting to resolve the matter was deliberately ignored in an LDC meeting by the local manager in front of the other union. This situation has now been intensified by the company’s blatant refusal to resolve this issue, which has only caused unrest amongst our members. Our members are clearly outraged at the disgraceful behaviour of local management and we demand immediate action to resolve this issue.
Accordingly, I have now informed the company that we are currently in a dispute situation and unless serious progress is made our Rail Operator (Platform) Members located at Waterloo will be balloted for strike action and action short of strike. We must send a clear message to SWT that we are totally opposed to the company’s clear lack of cooperation and will not be ignored or go away quietly.
I would be grateful if you could please bring this circular to the attention of your members.