Working Links Response sent to Napo members in the Souh West yesterday:-
Thank you for your letter. Whilst we would have preferred to maintain the dialogue with the unions, we realise that is not possible at the moment because the local union representatives are not attending meetings. Therefore we welcome the suggestion of a meeting with ACAS even though it comes at quite an early point in the current procedures. We are keen to do anything to move things forward.
We are therefore available on the following dates for the meeting at ACAS that you propose:
21 October at any time
31 October after 1pm if the meeting is in Euston
4 November at any time
We would also like to add that we are unable to stop any processes while this dialogue takes place, including our current Voluntary Severance process. Our employees are keen to understand their position and to ensure that they have the ability to plan for the future. As Christmas approaches us we do not want them to suffer uncertainty as a result of any further delay. To that end, we hope that you will be able to meet us on any of the dates proposed above and in the meantime will continue working toward a position of clarity with volunteers as previously indicated.
We will deal with the substantive issues set out in your letter during our meeting at ACAS and we very much hope that we will be able to move forward.
We look forward to receiving your dates and to arranging a time to meet.
Managing Director Justice WL CRC