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Amey: Industrial Action Ballot Results

4 September 2012

Outcome of Industrial Action Ballots within Amey Consulting & Amey Inter Urban – members demonstrate their disgust at the current offer

 

Thank You

Firstly Your Representatives would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote in this important ballot, without you getting involved we are nothing. It’s obvious that some of you must have been discussing these issues with your colleagues as across the Amey Rail business TSSA membership has increased since the ballot started. Again Well done and thanks for all of your efforts.

Ballot Results

Below is the ballot results for Amey Consulting and Amey Inter Urban:

Amey Consulting Results: (only members who should be covered by collective bargaining were balloted)

QUESTION: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike?

Yes - 95 (63.3%) Mandate for Strike action

No - 55 (36.7%)

QUESTION: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of action short of a strike?

Yes – 123 (80.9%) Mandate for Action short of strike

No – 29 (19.1%)

In total there were 152 ballot papers received and 2 spoilt just for the first question so there were 150 ballot papers counted for the first question and 152 for the second question.

Amey Inter Urban Results: (All Members balloted)

QUESTION: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of a strike?

Yes - 19 (42.2%)

No - 26 (57.8%) No Mandate for Strike action

QUESTION: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of action short of a strike?

Yes – 34 (77.3%) Mandate for Action short of strike

No – 10 (22.7%)

In total there were 45 ballot papers received and 1 spoilt just for the second question so there were 45 ballot papers counted for the first question and 44 counted for the second question.

Analysis of the results

Whilst we would have hoped for a higher turnout of members voting it is interesting that across both companies 41.8% of members voted. InCopmparison this is higher percentage turnout used to elect the current London Mayor (38% turnout) and higher than the turnout which allowed for Bristol to elect a Mayor in November (24% turnout).

Out of those people voting for action consisting of Strike action there has been an increase of 9% of members voting for this compared with the industrial action ballot in 2011

Out of those people voting for Action consisting of action short of strike there has been an increase of 5.8% members voting for this compared with the industrial action ballot in 2011

Next Steps?

There is a clear mandate for members in both companies to take action short of strike and strike action within Amey Consulting. Well done to all of you who took part in the ballot, the results will be sent to the company today.

Unfortunately we have still not received any information on what a multi-year pay deal might look like. No date for a further meeting to discuss pay and the other issues that we have balloted members on has been offered by Amey.

It seems clear that the company’s negotiations strategy is seeking to drag this process out as long as possible rather than offer meaningful solutions that could end this dispute quickly so it could be a long and drawn out affair.

Currently the latest date that we are able to hold any form of industrial action will be Tuesday 2 October provided we provide 7 days’ notice of the action taking place. This can be extended dependant on the company agreeing, if they do not then the mandate can only be extended by us taking industrial action.

If the company chooses to continue in the same vain then we will have no choice but to act on the mandate that you have given us. We will consult members in the coming weeks on what strategy they feel would work best going forward assuming that we need to take action.

Please remember to encourage your colleagues who are non-members to consider joining online at www.tssa.org.uk/join

Together we bargain divided we Beg!

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