ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)

Our Ref: BR2/0146

3 October 2016


Dear colleague

ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)

You will have seen a copy of a letter GTR Human Resources Director Andy Bindon sent to me this morning, in which he outlines an “offer” in advance of next week’s planned strike action.

I would like to make it clear that jobs, safety and access on Southern rail services are not for sale for £2000. This dispute has never been about money, it is about guaranteeing that there is a second, safety-critical member of staff on-board the current Southern rail services.

Your union is ready for talks and has been throughout. There is a ready-made solution to this dispute and that is based on the Scotrail deal that guarantees that second member of staff on all services with the safety competencies to deal with incidents like the recent landslip and derailment at Watford where the guards were crucial in averting a major disaster.

Despite the Southern spin, this dispute is not solely about the doors, it is about giving passengers that safety guarantee that goes with the second member of staff on the train. If that guarantee is good enough for Scotland, then it should be good enough for Southern.  RMT will be responding positively to the call for talks but we will not be caving in to ultimatums that put a £2000 bounty on our members’ heads and which try to bribe us into selling out on the core issues of rail safety and disabled access.

As always, thanks for the continued support of your union’s position throughout this dispute. I will, of course, write to you again with details of all further developments.


Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary