Network Rail Principles Fair Culture Information

Our ref: HSR/2/29
Head Office Circular: NP/78/21
11th March 2021
To: The Secretary

Dear Colleague,


Following receipt of the “Information for Trade Unions: Fair Culture – Refresh project” memo, dated 9th February 2021, from Network Rail, this matter was discussed at a meeting between your National Executive Committee (NEC) and Network Rail Lead Representatives (Health & Safety, Operations and Maintenance) on 8th March. The following day, your NEC noted and adopted the following resolution:

That we note the report on file and the proposals from the company which would dramatically change the way the Fair Culture process works. We believe that the company’s intention in this is to create more disciplines and to make the dismissal of our members easier. We feel that the problems with the current system lie with the inability of Network Rail managers to properly implement the process whether this is due to a lack of training or other factors.

Accordingly, the General Secretary is instructed to write to Network Rail rejecting these proposals and requesting a meeting to resolve our differences on this matter.

Members to be informed by text and email.

Relevant Branches, Regional Councils and Reps to be advised.

I am acting in accordance with these instructions and will keep members advised of any developments.

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

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary