LOSS OF FRANCHISE – SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY

To All Southeastern Railway RMT Members

Our Ref: BR2/15/10

15th October 2021


Dear Colleague

LOSS OF FRANCHISE – SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY

Further to my letter dated the 12th October 2021 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you that a Joint Company Council TUPE Consultation meeting was due to take place on the 12th October 2021 to discuss the company’s Consultation Precis. I can now advise you that the meeting has been held and I have received a report from the Regional Organiser, indicating that clarification was sought and satisfactorily received on some elements of the precis, with the exception of para 8.3 of the Proposed Measures. The Union has clearly stated our dissatisfaction with the lack of detail on the following:

“8. Proposed Measures

8.3 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.”

The Regional Organiser also reports that during discussions other matters raised by the RMT Company Council included Retired staff passes, Friends and Family tickets, Uniforms and reciprocal travel arrangements on publicly owned railways as LNER and Northern. I am pleased to inform you that following representations from our Company Council regarding retired staff travel passes, I have received correspondence from Southeastern Railway confirming that ‘the company will continue to offer and honour these passes for the foreseeable future.’

The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who note the correspondence from Southeastern and the Regional Organiser’s concern on the lack of detail in the measures statement of the precis para 8.3. Therefore, the Executive Committee has instructed me to seek further details of Southeasterns proposals as indicated in clause 8.3 of the TUPE precis and place the matter back before them for further consideration.

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