Our Ref: BR2/4/1

27th June 2018

Dear Colleague,


I write with regards to the above matter and further to a resolution from our Cambrian Branch which details Arriva Trains Wales decision to dismiss our Colleague, Brother Gareth Charlton, from the company’s employment.

It is the view of this Union that the decision to dismiss Brother Charlton represents a clear attack on frontline staff that deal with threatening, violent and abusive behaviour on a daily basis. This situation only highlights the company’s clear disregard and lack of understanding the affect that this behaviour has on the morale and mental health of front line staff. Gareth has clearly been subject to an abuse of the disciplinary procedures with management ignoring mitigating circumstances and good conduct records. Management have reached their conclusion to dismiss our Brother by using poor quality technology, which only reveals a small amount of information and does not reflect a true record of any incident. This total lack of disregard is a huge concern for all our members and puts you and your colleagues at risk of being subject to an overzealous manager and being victim to Arriva Trains Wales abuse of the disciplinary procedures.

This matter was considered as an emergency item at the Unions Annual General Meeting. Therefore, I have been instructed to inform the company that the union is now in dispute with the company. Additionally, the company have been informed that should Gareth not be fully reinstated to his substantive role then I shall be balloting you and your colleagues for industrial action and a dispute situation will exist until our brother is fully reinstated.

Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot, should the need for one arise, membership checks are currently underway. I urge you all to ensure your details are correct. 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 or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk to update your details. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved or changed their details then please ask them to call on one of the above numbers to update their details. I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary