Network Rail – Drug and Alcohol Testing Random and Unannounced

Head Office Circular No: NP/225/15
Our Ref: HSR/1/1
12th November 2015
The Secretary
All Branches
All Regional Councils

Dear Colleague

Network Rail – Drug and Alcohol Testing Random and Unannounced

Reports from our Lead Union Reps at Network Rail whilst monitoring the introduction of the new policy have given clear indications of a breach of process and a change to what RMT were told was going to happen when unannounced testing was to take place at N.R. locations. Wholesale testing of members and staff has taken place at various locations across the country, as detailed in the latest reports on file.

The matter has been in front of the General Grades Committee who have noted and adopted the following report of their Health and Safety Sub Committee;

We note the report on file and that the actions of the Testing Agency are completely outside of the principles of the trial process as outlined by the company. We instruct the General Secretary to write to the company demanding that unless these concerns are addressed to our satisfaction then the new process should be halted immediately

Branches and Regional Councils to be advised

I am now acting in accordance with this instruction and I will keep you informed of developments.

Please bring to the attention of all relevant members.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary