INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – SOUTHERN (GTR)

To All Southern GTR Drivers

Our Ref: BR2/0146

26th July 2017


Dear Colleague

INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – SOUTHERN (GTR)

Further to my previous correspondence, I can now advise you that a meeting with the Secretary of State has been held, where full and frank discussions over the ongoing DOO dispute and the safety critical role of the Guard took place.

I can convey that the Secretary of State has now had the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of the RMT’s position on Southern GTR and the broader issues of how the extension of DOO impacts nationally on other rail franchises. Furthermore, the Secretary of State has agreed to examine the union’s proposals that we previously put to Southern and has also agreed to meet the RMT again if necessary.

With this in mind, I have again written to Southern GTR requesting further talks between our two organisations in the hope of bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. In the meantime, your union’s National Executive Committee has considered the matter and has taken the decision to suspend all industrial action including the ban on non rostered Sundays, rest days or any other voluntary overtime.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the situation and I will, of course, continue to update you on any further developments.

Best wishes.
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary