Network Rail Dispute – Strike Contingency Plans

Our Ref: HSR/4/2
Head Office Circular: NP/088/15
18th May 2015

The Secretary


Dear Colleague

Network Rail Dispute – Strike Contingency Plans

You will be aware that RMT are currently in dispute with Network Rail and that the General Grades Committee have announced industrial action as follows:

That noting the failure of Network Rail to offer any further negotiations and the overwhelming support of our members for industrial action in support of our campaign for job security and improved pay, the General Secretary is to instruct our members to take the following action in what is the start of a rolling campaign of industrial action:

•    To take action short of strike by not working any overtime or additional hours or any extended shifts and by not undertaking any call-outs for 48 hours between 0001 hours on 25/05/2015 and 2359 hours on 26/05/2015.
•    To take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for duty on any shift from 1700 hours on 25/05/2015 until 1659 hours on 26/05/2015.

We are aware that Network Rail have made and are still formulating various contingency plans so that they can continue to run the railway during the dispute. We believe that this is a short sighted and dangerous approach for the company to take.

RMT have begun to receive intelligence around the details of the company’s plans but we would be grateful for any further and specific information that representatives and individual members may have in this regard. All information will be handled sensitively and should be passed to the Health and Safety Officer on 020 7529 8817 or by e-mail

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

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary