Our Ref: BR1/13/1

24 May 2019


Dear colleague


I am pleased to report important progress in the current dispute RMT has with Transport for Wales Rail Services.

You will obviously know that you and your colleagues delivered a magnificent vote in favour of taking industrial action and you were therefore instructed to commence an overtime ban from 3rd June and to take strike action for shifts commencing between 06.00 hours on Saturday 8th June 2019 and 05.59 hours on Monday 10th June 2019.

The vote and intention to take industrial action brought management back to the negotiating table and significant progress has been made, with the company proposing the following:

Staff to remain employed by TfW RS Staff to remain in the KeolisAmey section of the RPS Staff to be seconded to CAF or Stadler (dependent on depot) CAF and Stadler to have operational responsibility for staff Travel facilities to be negotiated This agreement to apply to new starters as well as existing staff – meaning no differences in pay, terms, conditions, pensions and employment structures

In effect, there will be no TUPE transfer of staff and no change or detriment to staff regarding pensions, job security, travel facilities and no introduction of a two-tier workforce. On pensions, the company has also stated that, no matter what occurs in the future, members will not be forced into a pension scheme of higher contribution rates or less benefits and would be based on final salary as it is now.

There is, quite obviously, still much work to be done to clarify and finalise all the matters subject to this dispute and the above proposals certainly do not signify an end to this dispute. But they do mean that staff will remain employed by TfW RS and retain current pension arrangements.

TfW RS therefore requested a suspension of all industrial action for a period of two months to allow for detailed negotiations to be held on all these matters.

Your National Executive Committee has noted and welcomed these developments. However, your NEC has not suspended the action for two months. Rather it has suspended all industrial action that has previously been called.

You are therefore instructed to work as normally from 3rd June 2019 and to book on for shifts as per usual between 06.00 hours on Saturday 8th June and 05.59 hours on Monday 10th June 2019.

As I say above, your NEC has suspended this action but has also called for progress reports on a fortnightly basis.

At the moment, we can say that progress has definitely been made but a lot more needs to be achieved before this dispute is over. I will of course keep you advised of all developments in this matter as and when they arise.

In the meantime, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for forcing management’s hands during this dispute, for showing the company that you will not simply accept whatever plans your employer may have for your future employment and that you are willing to take industrial action to stop these plans and defend your jobs and pensions.

You have shown sterling support for your negotiators and your union generally during this dispute and have been a great example of trade union solidarity in action.

I will write again in due course.

Yours sincerely  

Mick Cash

General Secretary