Delivery Plan – Intercity East Coast

Our Ref: BR2/0025

21st April 2017

Dear Colleague,

Delivery Plan – Intercity East Coast

In Tuesday’s communication to you I promised to let you know the outcome of discussions held with the company to try and resolve this dispute. I, along with your senior lay representatives  met with the Senior Management of VTEC and as a result of these negotiations the company has put forward the following proposals:-

Stations & Travel Centres

In relation to Station and Travel Centres, VTEC have committed to sharing the précis document with company council representatives on Monday 24 April so that meaningful consultation can commence thereafter.

On Board

VTEC acknowledge that there have been a number of concerns raised in the meeting which they now need to work through. Management has confirmed that they will:-

•    Undertake a full review of the on board diagrams and rosters by the end of June 2017, which includes;-
o    Consideration of end to end working on high value trains
o    Review the number of staff on each train with a view to ensuring that the allocations are correct in line with the roster and diagram review

•    In the interim management will carry out an immediate short term review with the company council reps to smooth out any immediate issues regarding rosters and diagrams. The Company commit to jointly completing this by the 12 May.

•    The company also commit to ensuring that any vacancies on board their trains within the current headcount as at the 31 March 2017 are recruited into as soon as possible.

•    VTEC will provide a one page summary on each role on-board outlining the duties carried out by TM, Chef, Senior Host and Customer Host.

Role of the Guard

As per our communications over the past 24 months, management reconfirm their position regarding the role of the guard, in so far as, there will be a Train Manager on every passenger train carrying out safety critical duties (which were previously carried out by the guard prior to the 31 March 2017). It is not their intention to change this.

Management has also reiterated that there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of these changes.

I have arranged an urgent meeting with the Company Council representatives which will take place at Unity House on Monday 24th April 2017, following which the National Executive Committee will meet to consider the matter. I will write to you again on Monday advising you of the outcome of these meetings.

Yours sincerely,


Mick Cash
General Secretary