RMT angry after job-saving proposals are rejected by employer

Tim Lezard

TfLElectricians and engineers working for contractors Mitie on the TFL contract are to be balloted for strike action in a dispute over redundancies and unilateral changes to working conditions.

RMT representatives recently met with the company over its proposals for possible redundancies and changes to workers’ terms and condition, but the union’s proposals to avoid redundancies were rejected by the employer.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “In order to resist the attacks by Mitie on RMT’s members jobs working conditions, the union executive has decided ballot Mitie workers on the TFL contract for strike action and industrial action short of a strike . Once again this dispute raises the whole question of the use of outside contractors as a way of undermining jobs and working conditions.

“The union demands that the company agree to the proposed trial of our alternative option and that no changes are made to RMT members current terms and conditions. It is the failure to agree on our perfectly reasonable proposals that has now led us to ballot members for strike action and industrial action short of strike.”

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