Our Ref: BR2/27/2

7th November 2017

Dear Colleague


I write with regards to the above matter and to bring to your attention the following resolution from our Plymouth No 1 Branch:

“That this Plymouth No 1 Branch deplores the actions of GWR in attempts to trial a swipe card signing in/out at Plymouth and Oxford stations for all platform staff. The current system in place is robust and effective with no previous concerns raised over the procedure.
We believe that this trial is a draconian method not progression. Our members deserve to work with dignity and respect so Branch demand that this trial is halted by the company. Failure to do so, we request that the NEC enters a dispute situation over this matter.”

Additionally, I have also received an update report from the Lead Officer, together with a summary of the Station Booking On/Off proposals from the company, indicating that the proposal for the introduction of Station Booking On/Off Terminals was originally tabled by the company at a Stations Divisional Council meeting. Therefore, an urgent meeting was held at Head Office with our GWR Stations Divisional Council, Lead Officer, Senior Assistant General Secretary and members of the Executive Committee to discuss the company’s proposals.

I can now report that the union’s National Executive Committee has considered the matter and notes the resolution from our Plymouth No 1 Branch and that a meeting has taken place on the 18th October 2017 with our GWR Stations Divisional Council, Lead Officer and National Executive Committee. Additionally, the Executive Committee note that Great Western Railways proposal at our Stations Divisional Council for a new booking on and off system is for Station grades, which our members consider to be unfair and unnecessary.

Further, the Executive Committee note that our Stations Divisional Council agreed to a pause in talks on this matter to allow them to consult our National Executive Committee at the above mentioned meeting. Accordingly, in light of the current major changes taking place on the Great Western Railway associated with the introduction of IET trains, I have been instructed to seek a meeting at the appropriate level to request GWR remove the proposals for the present time.

I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.

Best wishes.
Mick Cash
General Secretary