Our Ref: HC/14/2

25th August 2016

Dear Colleague


I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that a meeting has been held with your Lead Officer, Second Stage Representatives and National Officers to discuss all issues related to the progress on IEP implementation.

The union’s National Executive Committee note that following the meeting with your GWR Second Stage Reps, NEC and AGS major concerns exist among our GWR members in respect of IEP implementation despite reaching a set of principles with GWR in January of this year, namely:

•    No extension of DOO.
•    To work with Hitachi Rail Europe to develop a buffet proposal for all AT300 and IEP trains to be submitted for DfT approval.
•    No compulsory redundancies for all grades.

The NEC and your GWR Reps are frustrated that a decision was taken by the DfT over eight months ago and despite numerous requests from your Senior Union Representatives, no details have been forthcoming or discussions held at Company Council level. Therefore, I have raised the union’s grave concerns with GWR over the delay in receiving information from the company in respect of the fitment of buffets to all AT300 and IEP trains.

Furthermore, I have notified GWR that the RMT are seeking a comprehensive document with the following guarantees from GWR:

•    No extension of DOO.
•    Confirmation of current and planned establishment numbers.
•    No compulsory Redundancies.
•    Full PT&R arrangements for all grades affected.
•    Full Buffet provision on all IEP and AT300 trains.

Should GWR fail to provide the RMT with a satisfactory response within 28 days on receipt of my letter, on all of the above issues; I will consider balloting our affected members for further industrial action.

In the meantime, I am exploring the costing for publicity and the possibility of having a letter to GWR commuters published as an advert in a National Newspaper.

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

Best wishes.
Mick Cash
General Secretary