RMT to Ballot Signals Members for Action over Grade Progression

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the resolution from our LU Engineering branch requesting an industrial action ballot on this issue and the supportive report from our Regional Organiser.

We note that management on Projects have failed to honour the Signals Framework Agreement regarding to Grade Progression, have repeatedly ignored communications from our representatives, and failed to give guarantees requested by our representatives to honour existing practices and give all affected members a date for their upgrading. Our members are losing out financially as a result, and now face management altering the criteria for Grade Progression and demanding they carry out Protection Master and Site Person in Charge duties without adequate recompense.

We therefore agree to our branch’s request for an industrial action ballot. We instruct the General Secretary to ballot all signal staff (works controllers and below) at Signal House within the Project Area for strike action and action short of strike, with a recommendation to vote Yes to both, after consulting with the branch about an appropriate balloting period.

We instruct the General Secretary to send a personal letter by post to all members being balloted, outlining the reasons why they should vote Yes to both strikes and actions short of strikes.