RMT reps banned from Interserve workplaces as union begins strike ballot

RMT reps have been refused access to Interserve premises as the union begins a strike ballot of the company’s workers.

The union says the company in some workplaces has asked Network Rail to remove RMT reps from stations.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “There is a culture of fear and bullying rife within Interserve and it has got to stop. Staff should not be frightened to approach their union and members should not feel victimised for being part of the RMT and yet that is exactly what is happening.

“RMT is now doing everything possible to send Interserve a clear message that we will not allow their vindictive attitude to hinder our efforts to improve the terms and conditions of our members.

“RMT’s NEC has considered the matter and believes that we have no other option than to start preparing a ballot for industrial action. That preparation is now underway and the union remains available for genuine and meaningful talks.”

The ballot is taking place among Interserve employees working on Network Rail station contracts over dignity and respect at work, cultural awareness and an agreed holiday system, improved health & safety at work and the bullying and harassment of staff and victimisation of RMT representatives.

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