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RMT Statement on Mitie contract with FGW strike


RMT strike on Mitie First Great Western contract over victimisation of union representative
Publication Date: October 2 2012

RAIL UNION RMT announced strike action and action short of a strike today by members working on the Mitie contract on First Great Western over the blatant victimisation of union representative Sharon Petrie

Following an overwhelming mandate in a ballot for action, more than a hundred staff ranging from on-train cleaners to the crew emptying the sewage tanks, will take action as follows:

Members are instructed NOT TO BOOK on for any shifts from:-

· 06:00 hours on Thursday 4th October 2012 and 05:59 hours on Friday 5th October 2012.

Also, members are instructed NOT TO WORK ANY OVERTIME, REST DAYS OR ADDITIONAL HOURS from: -

· 06:00 hours on Thursday 4th October 2012 until 05:59 hours on Friday 5th October 2012.

RMT Representative Sharon Petrie was suspended by Mitie after baseless and unsubstantiated allegations were made against her. These allegations made against Sharon include encouraging staff to put in collective grievances over their treatment in the workplace which is nothing more than the core business of a union rep proving conclusively that she is being victimised for carrying out the most fundamental union activities.

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 have called this industrial action as part of the fight for reinstatement and an end to victimisation as we take Sharon Petrie’s campaign for justice forwards.”



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