Ballot for Industrial Action

09 December 2005

This week the Executive Committee gave consideration for Industrial Action to be taken over Midland Mainline.


Correspondence from the Derby Branch Secretary and the Executive Committee Vice-President detailed a raft of issues that were causing concern, namely:

  • The unreasonable refusal of ‘by application’ annual leave days
  • Abrogation of rostering agreements via Rest Day swapping and interference by the Resource Centre
  • An imposed and unfair Managing for Attendance procedure
  • An unfair Specially Monitored Drivers procedure
  • Draconian discipline
  • Abrogation of the 2004 pay agreement
  • Failure to hold Health & Safety meetings
  • The bullying and harassment of ASLEF representatives


The branch had requested a ballot for Industrial Action due to a breakdown in industrial relations. The Executive Committee were of the view that our members should be supported and adopted the following resolution:


1112/431 “That the report and correspondence be noted and the General Secretary be instructed to advise the Managing Director, Midland Mainline that the managerial abrogation of agreements in relation to imposed MFA, abrogation of 2004 Pay Deal in relation to Ill health resettlement refusal, unreasonable refusal of ‘by application’ annual leave days and bullying and victimisation of ASLEF Representatives and Collective Bargaining agreements is totally unacceptable to ASLEF.


Further that the General Secretary be instructed to give the statutory notice of our intention to ballot our members employed by Midland Mainline for a series of 24 hour discontinuous strikes. Provisions of the statutory regulations to apply.


Ballot Papers to be returned by first post Monday 9th January 2006.

All branches and reps, Midland Mainline be advised.”

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