INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – GREATER ANGLIA

Our Ref: BR2/0146

24th October 2017

TO ALL DRIVERS AT GREATER ANGLIA

Dear Colleague

FURTHER STRIKE ACTION CALLED

INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – GREATER ANGLIA

Further to previous correspondence, you and your colleagues are to be congratulated for the rock solid strike action that took place earlier this month. Greater Anglia in no doubt that RMT members will fight to stop the further spread of DOO.

We continue to seek talks with GA to try to get the commitments we require over the role of the guard but there has regrettably been no progress. The latest development has been the Office of Rail Regulator taking the extraordinary step of condemning Greater Anglia over safety. On inspecting GA’s desperate and reckless attempts to break the recent strikes, the ORR has outlined inadequate planning, risk assessment, training and safety validation for the contingency guards they used to run services. The company have been forced to acknowledge these deficiencies and have been instructed to address the ORR’s concerns before they can attempt to use contingency guards again. This is a clear indictment of the cavalier attitude GA are showing to the safety of passengers and staff and we have urged the Government to strip them of their franchise for the sake of railway safety .  

The National Executive Committee considered the latest situation and believes that there is no other option but to call further industrial action. Therefore all Greater Anglia Drivers are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

•    00.01 hours on Wednesday 8th November 2017 and 23.59 hours on Thursday 9th November 2017

The NEC believes unless there is sufficient movement from the company members should be prepared for the possibility of a sustained period of industrial action in early January 2018. This matter will be considered again by the NEC in December with a view to deciding on further action.

I urge you all to continue your magnificent support for your union in our campaign to stop the appalling spread of Driver Only Operations.

WE SAY NO TO DOO!
SUPPORT THE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary