23 December 2015
Conductors – Southern
Our Ref: BR2/14/2
23rd December 2015
Breakdown in Industrial Relations, Conductors – Southern
Further to my Circular No IR/307/15 dated the 16th December 2015 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you of the magnificent results in the ballot for industrial action. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Southern Conductor members for their strength of feeling in returning an overwhelming YES vote in the ballot for strike action and industrial action short of strike.
In this regard, I can now advise you that an urgent meeting was held on Friday 18th December 2015 with our Senior Union Representatives and Southern management in the hope of finding a satisfactory resolution to this dispute. Some positive progress has been made and the company has tabled the following proposals:
• GTR has offered to increase the Conductors establishment to 490 and say they will take all reasonable steps to achieve this by the May 2016 timetable change.
• GTR has also committed to providing the union with new 4 day week roster proposals by the 11th January 2016.
At the time of writing, the issue of diagramming for engineering works remains unresolved. However, the RMT will continue to raise this issue with the company. Additionally, further meetings are due to be held between the company and our Conductor Company Council Representatives during early January 2016.
The union’s Executive Committee has now had the opportunity to consider the company’s offer and has indicated that these proposals could provide the basis for solving the rostering issues raised by our Conductor members and Union Representatives.
I can also report that GTR has agreed to a 28 day extension on the deadline date for taking industrial action and I have now received a signed copy of the agreement between our two organisations. This means that the timeline to receive the company’s new 4 day week roster proposals by the 11th January 2016 will allow the union to carry out a referendum of our affected members.
Once I have received a copy of the new 4 day week roster proposals I will place the matter back before the union’s Executive Committee for further consideration and I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.
In accordance with the above, I would be grateful if you could bring the contents of this Circular to the attention of all your Southern Conductor members.