Network Rail – Vortok Rearguard Roll-Out Programme

Our Ref: HSR/4/2
Head Office Circular: NP/025/16
21st January 2016

The Secretary

Dear Colleague

Network Rail – Vortok Rearguard Roll-Out Programme

The National Executive Committee have noted and adopted the following report from their Health and Safety Sub-committee:

We note the report on file and the positive outcomes from the meeting held in Preston. We further note that this matter was also discussed at the Network Rail Joint Safety Council on 17th December 2015 and that Roll-Out of “Rearguard” is to be a standing agenda item at the National Safety Council for the foreseeable future.  The General Secretary is instructed to provide further updated reports to this National Executive Committee.

In addition this National Executive Committee also notes that this year’s 12th anniversary of the deaths of four RMT members at Tebay will be the last annual commemorative event organised by the Lancaster Branch and the families of those killed and injured on 15th February 2004. RMT at a national level will be represented by the General Secretary and President. All RMT Branches are encouraged to send representatives to the event. The General Secretary is further instructed to circularise details of the event.

Branches and Regional Councils be advised.

The memorial service is to be held on Sunday 14th February 2016 at the memorial stone near the accident site, on the A685 just south of Tebay village commencing at 12:00. After the service there will be a light buffet lunch in the community centre on Church Street in the village.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all relevant members.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary