Union says ballot was inevitable after employer ignored concerns over incorrect overtime payments


The RMT is to ballot members at rail freight company Freightliner for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over incorrect overtime payments for Multi-Skilled Operatives (MSOs) working night duty.

The issue, now in formal dispute with the company, dates back to September last year and despite repeated attempts by RMT to get the matter resolved with Freightliner no solution has been forthcoming and staff continue to be incorrectly paid for overtime worked.

RMT has supplied the company with full documentation identifying the incorrect overtime payments but still Freightliner refuse to address the issue.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT is deeply concerned that Freightliner are not taking this basic matter of incorrect payments seriously and have resorted instead to simply ignoring our members concerns that have been raised repeatedly since last September.

“We have therefore had no option but to inform the company that we are now in dispute with them over this matter and RMT will immediately begin preparations for a ballot of all our MSO members at Freightliner for strike action and for action short of strike.

“RMT remains available for talks aimed at settling this wholly avoidable dispute and we hope that the company will now see sense and take the action required to ensure that our members are paid properly for their overtime working.”

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