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Catering staff want parity on breaks, RMT conference hears

CATERING staff demanded parity across all train operating companies on personal needs breaks, at the RMT AGM today.

There are some train operators that don’t have any agreement on such breaks and staff can find themselves having less than 20 minutes’ break on a 12-13-hour shift.

Moving the successful motion, Plymouth No 1 branch delegate Craig Mills said: “Members need to have time to use facilities, allow for walking time and be able to take medication during this time. 

“We request legal advice is sought on what the minimum break time is for travelling catering staff.”

Assistant general secretary John Leach said the resolution highlighted “a serious issue” in the sector and he blamed privatisation for the mess.

“It is a real problem for other members, including those who are outsourced,” he said.


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