Between 12pm on Friday the 10th until 12pm on Saturday the 11th, commuters may have to brace for a significant disruption as disgruntled conductors campaign for their employee rights. This has all come about from the “unfair” sacking of two employees after they called in sick which has lead to colleagues calling out the firm on their “Draconian” policies.
The RMT union are behind these proposed strikes and have cited a “total breakdown” in relationships as the reason behind the conductors taking a stand. Arriva Trains Wales have apologised to an customers who will be disappointed by the development, but have so far refused to budge on their controversial decision to sack the two ex-employees.
RMT’s regional organiser, Daren Ireland, had this to say: “Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) used a grievance procedure to sack the conductors because they had injuries sustained outside the workplace.
“Management’s failure to abide by the agreed procedures and choosing not to exercise discretion but instead opting to take the hard line approach of dismissal has resulted in a total breakdown in industrial relations.
“As a result of this disgraceful, draconian decision ATW conductor members at Holyhead, Chester and Llandudno Junction depots voted to take industrial action.”
A spokesman for Arriva Trains Wales returned with: “We are disappointed that a decision has been made by the RMT to take industrial action in North Wales regarding the recent dismissal of two conductors for continued failure to attend work. Sixty percent of the conductors in North Wales either voted against strike action or did not vote.
“In these two cases, the process was followed in full and led to the dismissal of the employees. The employees have been fully supported over their careers but between them have accumulated over 890 days of sickness. We have a generous and fair company procedure for managing absence that has been developed and agreed with the trade unions, including the RMT. We are simply applying this procedure.
“As a company we need to balance the need to support our employees with providing a reliable service to our customers, ensuring that trains are not cancelled.”
Despite the company’s attempts, it looks as if a great deal of routes may be cancelled over the weekend as without their conductors, trains cannot operate. With no agreement in place between the two parties going into the weekend, continued disruptions could become a constant issue.
If you would like to find out more about journey plans, please visit: www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.
UPDATED: Arriva have released the following infographic on effected routes this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
“Arriva Trains Wales Class 175, Abergavenny” by www.flickr.com/photos/13706945@N00, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0 – 07/10/2014