Union says it will not tolerate “bully boy” tactics from company
The dispute centres on pay and conditions, but the union is angry that, rather than engaging in meaningful talks aimed at resolving the issues, the company resorted to “pure bully-boy tactics”.
General secretary Bob Crow said: “Pulling the current offer, instead of getting round the table and negotiating a way forward in this dispute, is a confrontational and provocative act.”
As a result, RMT members will take a further wave of strike action by not booking on for any turns of duty between 14:00 hours on September 29th and 13:59 hours on September 30th.
The pay claim from RMT was submitted in April 2012 but Amey has constantly undermined these negotiations. Early meetings were cancelled by the company which then demanded separate talks from RMT and sister union TSSA in an effort to divide and manipulate the workforce. The company eventually agreed to joint meetings but Senior Managers would not attend which has shown nothing but contempt for the agreed machinery of negotiation.
Bob Crow said: “Amey is a highly profitable and high profile company working on a range of key rail projects, including electrification, and yet here they are treating the staff that they rely on to deliver their contracts and generate their profits like dirt. This is an outfit which generated pre-tax profits of £87 million on its most recent accounts so with the boardroom awash with cash why should the workforce take a hit on their standard of living?
“In view of Amey’s complete intransigence throughout negotiations, and their decision to resort to pure bully-boy tactics, our representatives and members feel that there is no alternative to taking further industrial action and we are in no doubt that our members will remain rock-solid in this dispute and determined to win a fair deal.
“RMT remains available for talks and the ball is now firmly in Amey’s court.”
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