Central Trains Management have stepped up their attacks.
At Norwich, a medically-restricted senior conductor has been sacked after attending a 'Capability Interview'. No matter that this newly-introduced process is not recognised by any union and that there is a decades-old procedure called Ill Health Severance which is designed to protect members in this situation.
Banaghan's gang are making the rules up as they go along. And that’s assuming that they invite us to meetings in the first place.
At a recent franchise re-mapping meeting, management invited ASLEF but not RMT. Off The Rails pays tribute to the one ASLEF company council rep who refused to attend until RMT were invited, and likewise registers our disgust with the ASLEF full-timer who instructed him to turn up.
With this in mind, it is easy to see why RMT members believe that Central Trains doesn't want to have industrial relations with them: and this is why we are balloting for action.
We are also demanding the introduction of the 35-hour week immediately, a fair deal on the introduction of new technology, an end to spying (unobtrusive monitoring) and a meaningful discussion about the new competency management system.