LOSS OF FRANCHISE – SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY

To All Southeastern Railway RMT Members


Our Ref: BR2/15/10

12th October 2021


Dear Colleague

LOSS OF FRANCHISE – SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY

Following the Governments recent announcement to transfer London & Southeastern Railway to the public Operator of Last Resort (OLR), the RMT immediately sought meetings with Southeastern to discuss the transfer of all employees from London & Southeastern Railway Ltd to South East Trains Ltd.

I can now advise you that I have received a report from the Lead Officer, together with the company’s Consultation Precis, indicating that the TUPE transfer will take place from 02.00 hours on the 17th October 2021. A Joint Company Council TUPE Consultation meeting is due to take place on the 12th October 2021 and the meeting will be attended by all Trade Unions, Southeastern and DfT OLR Holdings Ltd, the departmental body which has established Southeastern Trains Ltd.

At the time of writing, your Union has been advised by Southeastern Trains of the following measures:

  • Access to Go Ahead Shares through BAYE will be withdrawn along with the share element of the Directors bonus scheme.
  • Bonus arrangements will be cash bonus only.
  • Group discounts, including discounts on EE phones and Kia cars will cease at the point of transfer.
  • We will commence a review of the business following the transfer.
  • At the appropriate time we would discuss any proposals through the normal consultative/negotiation channels.

I can also advise you that following representations, existing reciprocal travel arrangements between Southeastern & GTR shall be retained. Specifically, that all SE Trains employees will be permitted free residential, leisure and duty travel on GTR services and all GTR employees shall be permitted the same on SE Trains. Likewise, all SE Trains dependents (Children/Spouse/Partner) shall be permitted free education and leisure travel on GTR services and all GTR dependents shall be permitted the same.

The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who note the report from the Lead Officer and has requested a report back on the formal TUPE process, at the earliest opportunity, following conclusion of the meeting on the 12th October 2021.

On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lead Officer for all his efforts to retain reciprocal staff travel as a matter of great importance to many of our members.

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

Yours sincerely


Michael Lynch
General Secretary