Our Ref: HC/14/2

4th December 2017

Dear Colleague,


I write further to my previous correspondence in which I advised you of the recent situation and updated members on the discussions that have taken place with the company.

A resolution was received from our Paddington No.1 Branch which raised concerns over the “temporary agreement and operational method” reported in a previous Circular (IR/461/17) dated 11th October 2017. The branch was critical of our On-Trains Divisional Council and did not agree with a Ticket Examiner, in the front 5-car portion of non-gangway 10 car class 800 trains instead of a guard. The branch raised concerns over the operational method not being risked assessed and members not being adequately briefed. The branch also raised concerns that our On-train and Station Staff members were in danger and that the temporary agreement breached RMT policy for a guard to be rostered to work each portion of non-gangway stock passenger trains.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter further and their decision is as follows:-

“That we not the resolution on file from our Paddington No.1 Branch and  also note that a meeting of our GWR Divisional Council Representatives, Lead Officer, Senior Assistant General Secretary and National Executive Committee took place at Unity House on the 21st November 2017.

Additionally, a meeting has been arranged between the RMT union and GWR at Director Level to take place on the 7th December 2017 on the introduction of IET. Accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to place a report of the aforementioned meeting.”

I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of the outcome of the meeting and any further developments that arise on this issue.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary