5 July 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms industrial action on South Western Railway in defence of workers victimised during recent strikes
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a ban on overtime and rest day working by Commercial Guards at Bournemouth and Weymouth depots in response to the victimisation of members during the recent industrial action by guards in defence of rail safety.
Following an overwhelming vote for action at both depots RMT has confirmed the following action:
•With effect from 00.01 hours Tuesday 17th July 2018, until further notice, members are instructed not to carry out any overtime or rest day working.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT members at both the Weymouth and Bournemouth depots have shown overwhelming support for their victimised colleagues in the industrial action ballots and as a result the union has confirmed a ban on overtime and rest day working.
“RMT is clear that the disciplinary process has been abused in these cases and the extreme punishments carried out are totally disproportionate. We have no doubt that our members will support the action which we hope will force SWR to reconsider their position and see the only fair conclusion to this dispute, which is the immediate reinstatement our colleagues to their substantive roles without delay.”