Our Ref: BR2/14/1

30th October 2018

Dear Colleague,


I have received concerning reports from our Lead Officer and representatives that Southern (GTR) are proposing that on-board staff carry out cleaning activities whilst on assist duties.

Southern has implemented this brief without proper consultation or risk assessment on board their class 377 trains. This action is totally unacceptable and raises serious questions about the impact on cleaning staff and the company’s wider plans.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has instructed me to arrange an urgent meeting with the company. Should management fail to address our concerns over this imposition, a dispute situation will exist between our two organisations. I will be placing this matter back before our executive committee in the next few days for further consideration.

Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot, should the need for one arise, I urge you all to ensure your membership details are correct in preparation for any ballot. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 and ask to speak to the Industrial Relations Department or e-mail Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact one of the above numbers where we will be able to amend their details accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary