They have been at it again. DSMs trotting out that age-old falsehood that it is illegal for probationers to go on strike, and/or that new staff who strike will be sacked.
Take it from us: it is illegal for an employer to sack workers for going on strike (within the first eight weeks of the dispute, at least). Even before that became law, it was illegal for employers to just sack probationers who went on strike. To stay within the law, they had to sack all strikers or none.
Still, let's not let the facts get in the way of an opportunity to bully people who feel vulnerable,hey?
If a DSM says this to you, go tell your RMT rep. If you are the RMT rep, go see the GSM and insist that s/he puts it right. If s/he won't, call in the union big cheeses.