by Benson Agoha | In Woolwich
Industrial Relations in Virgin Trains Kings Cross dropped to a new low, Wednesday, after workers complained of concerns relating to restructuring and changes to working practices at the station.
It comes on the heel of the suspension of the ADW Strike, late last night after important progress in last minute talks.
In a letter sent to all branches, regional offices and regional councils, RMT Secretary General, Mick Cash, said that working practices affected include:
* Introduction of battery back vacuum cleaners
* Reduction in the size of cleaning teams
* Use of temporary agency workers to implement new ways of working
* New ways of working for tankers; including the cut from two (previously three) to just one tanker per train
* Job Cuts on the agenda, as a consequence for both cleaners and tankers (members have already been told there would be redundancies)
He said their members are also experiencing problems with pay and are often waiting a long time for management to rectify these.
|* Mick Cash: RMT General Secretary|
"The General Grades Committee has now considered this matter believes that the company’s actions are completely unacceptable," he said in a letter to their members.
In mean time, Cash said a dispute was officially in place, and having notified the company, is set to ballot ISS Virgin Train members, "for strike action or industrial action, where a strike action is not in favour, at Kings Cross.