Freightliner accused of aggressive and underhand tactics to scupper deal


RMT members at Freightliner in Southampton are to ballot for strike action depot in a dispute over rosters and restructuring.

Despite protracted negotiations lasting over a year, and the drawing up of workable proposals by union representatives which were submitted for consideration by the company last month, Freightliner has now not only thrown those proposals out but has also withdrawn their own suggested modified plans and returned to their original restructuring which represents an outright attack on staff working conditions.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT representatives have been negotiating these restructuring proposals with Freightliner for well over a year and just when a resolution appeared achievable, the company withdrew all concessions previously tabled and retreated to a position that ripped up any progress that we had made in the discussions aimed at resolving this dispute.

“Freightliner has conducted itself in a completely disingenuous manner. It is as a result of the aggressive and underhand tactics of the company that the RMT executive has taken the decision to conduct a ballot of all our members at Southampton for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

“The union is confident that our members will show their strength of feeling to the company by returning a massive yes vote in the ballot for industrial action.”

The ballot will open on May 16th and close on May 30th.

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