Why The Fight Must Go On

Staff on the East Ham Group have made a stand against the bullying of sick staff and the unfair dismissal of Sarah Huchins. We have made some ground in regaining the pay of four people but our management have made a serious error of judgement by trying to rewrite our agreements in the letter of response that was sent to your representatives. The major problem was always representation of staff when off sick.

MANAGEMENT ARE NOW SAYING THAT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO UNION REPRESENTATION AT SICKNESS INTERVIEWS UNLESS YOU ARE OFF SICK FOR 28 DAYS OR MORE!

This is made clear in their response and will be acted on by management all over the company.
We will not tolerate this breach of your human rights. We will be pushing for company wide action to address this reinterpretation of our agreements. Anyone who has been sick recently will know that the level of bullying to return to work is totally unacceptable. Imagine what will go on if you are denied representation. The content of the letter opens a new company wide standard that opens the door to widespread management tyranny. Because this now affects every member of staff, East Ham Branch are asking our executive to ballot every member of staff on LUL for strike action against the attendance procedure and to defend our member’s rights to representation when off sick. We need everyone to support our overtime ban until we can escalate the action further hopefully with co-operation of our comrades in the TSSA. This affects every member of staff in every grade please give us your total support. It is a basic human right to have Union representation. Help us to stop the rot.

THE RMT ARE CALLING AN OVERTIME BAN ON THE EAST HAM GROUP FROM 05:00 ON MONDAY 8TH OF SEPTEMBER UNTIL 04:49 ON THE 29TH OF SEPTEMBER!

Working overtime is a personal choice. It is up to you, management can not force you to work. Supervisors should insist on off station meal breaks on the early and middle shifts and display do not disturb signs on the night shift. All of our staff can take part in this action regardless of union membership. As this is an issue that concerns us all we hope that you will all give us your support. If your rights to representation are taken away you will all find yourself in Sarah Huchins position at some time. If a representative is not allowed before 28 days you could already have agreed to a management plan that is no good for you before your representatives are ever involved. This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by your representatives. We urge you all to stand together as you did on our strike day. Give the management a clear message that we will not be bought so easily and we will certainly not be conned into giving up our representation by them. It is imperative that we stand firm on these issues.

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