Our Ref: BR2/0146
19th June 2018
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – CLASS 800 IET SERVICES – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
I am writing in relation to the above matter, as you are aware issues were raised by our members in the Paddington No 1 Branch. Our members raised a number of concerns over the extension of Driver Only Operation on IET Services. Great Western Railway withdrew Guards from working 800 (IET) services from Paddington to Oxford, with the intention of these trains running as Driver Only Operation services. It is clear that this amounts to an extension of DOO by traction class as currently all IET passengers services are fully guarded.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and following a meeting with our representatives has decided to ballot all of our HSS Train Driver and Train Manager members working at Paddington Depot for strike action and action short of a strike.
Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot, membership checks are currently underway. I urge you all to ensure your membership details are correct in preparation for the ballot. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact one of the above numbers where we will be able to amend their details and ensure a successful ballot.
I will inform you of any further developments and outcomes on these issues when they arise. I will write to you all again in due course.