TALKS BREAK DOWN AT ACAS AS A RESULT OF MANAGEMENTS TOTAL INFLEXIBILITY

TO ALL SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR AND CONDUCTOR INSTRUCTOR MEMBERS

TALKS BREAK DOWN AT ACAS AS A RESULT OF MANAGEMENTS TOTAL INFLEXIBILITY


Dear Colleagues,

As I’m sure you are aware talks broke down at ACAS after the company rejected out of hand our reasonable and practical proposals. These would have set the ground for resolving all aspects of the dispute by ensuring a second person on a train with the safety and customer service role. This is a role that you deliver to the travelling public that would have ensured that disabled, elderly and other groups could rely on you and your colleagues being on board to assist and facilitate their travel.

Regrettably, GTR rejected our proposal and said that they were not willing to ensure the presence of a second member of staff on trains where a Conductor is currently required. They insulted our members, negotiators and ACAS by offering a bribe to accept the new role, instead of addressing the issues in the dispute.

The National Executive Committee applauds the resolve of our representatives and members who took solid strike action last week. They have instructed me to arrange a meeting of our GTR Conductor Company Council and Local Reps with the Officers and National Executive Committee and I am in the process of doing this.

This National Executive Committee recognises that further industrial action will be necessary because of GTR’s refusal to make any movement in talks.

I will, of course, keep you advised of developments.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mick Cash
General Secretary