Sharon Petrie suspended after being accused of encouraging workers to take out collective grievances

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More than 100 RMT members working on the Mitie contract for First Great Western are today voting on whether to take strike action over the victimisation of a union rep.

Sharon Petrie was suspended by Mitie after she was accused of encouraging staff to put in collective grievances over their treatment in the workplace.

Now her co-workers, ranging from on-train cleaners to the crew emptying the sewage tanks, are balloting for action.  The ballot will end on September 7th.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The allegations made against our representative Sharon Petrie are unfounded, spurious and discriminatory and it is crystal clear that she is being targeted due to her trade union activities.

“Sharon has shown enormous courage in the past by standing up to the union-bashing outfit Mitie over pay problems and staff welfare; she has also assisted her colleagues with getting warm clothing for the winter months, helped to alleviate excess work expectations and always tried to achieve fairness at work.

“Sharon has only ever sought to get the best for all the staff and has been a huge asset to RMT when standing up to Mitie on many issues and that is why they have now resorted to victimising her.

“RMT will not stand by while our reps are attacked in this fashion and we are calling for a strong yes vote for action as we take Sharon Petrie’s campaign for justice forwards.”


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