DOO/DCO - ABELLIO SCOTRAIL

Our Ref: BR2/0146

1st August 2016

TO ALL RMT CONDUCTORS AND CONDUCTOR INSTRUCTORS AT ABELLIO SCOTRAIL

Dear Colleagues
DOO/DCO - ABELLIO SCOTRAIL

Further to previous correspondence I write to advise members that discussions were held with the company on Thursday 30th July 2016. At this meeting the company gave us verbal undertakings with regard to EMU Services and since then we have been seeking written confirmation. Please see below the undertakings management have now given in writing: -

“ScotRail has confirmed that we are considering a way forward whereby Conductors will be retained on EMUs in the Network area.

It is proposed that any ScotRail EMU services that operate on those routes that are being electrified, now or in the future, and services that operate on the north Berwick-Edinburgh-Carstairs-Glasgow routes (i.e. excluding any EMU services currently operating under existing DOO arrangements) will be: -

1.    Guaranteed a Conductor on every new electrified train.
2.    Guaranteed that the Conductor will retain their full competency (rules, track safety, evacuation).

In addition ScotRail confirm that trains operating these services will not run without a competent Conductor on board.

This proposal, including the above guarantees, is subject to ScotRail and the RMT entering into discussion about and agreeing a method of train dispatch for these services. Once this proposal and the method of dispatch are agreed it will be adopted for the Abellio ScotRail franchise and will apply beyond.”

I have called a meeting of our representatives and Regional Organiser this Wednesday to consider management’s latest proposals. If any member wishes to give their views on what management propose, they should contact their local representative so that this can be considered at the forthcoming meeting.

I will keep members fully informed of any further developments.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary