Our Ref: BR2/14/2

26th January 2018

Dear Colleague


I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that there remains a persistent recurrence of managers working trains mainly to cover turns of duties on Sunday’s. Negotiations have been ongoing at On-Trains Divisional Council level but these talks have not been successful and our OTDC felt that there was no other option than to register a failure to agree.

I can now report that a meeting has been held between the GWR On-Trains Divisional Council, your Lead Officer and the union’s National Executive Committee to discuss the issues of managers working trains. It was noted at the meeting that the recent premium payment for guards working Sundays was imposed by GWR without agreement and that no such proposals had been offered to any other grades in the company.

Therefore, the union’s National Executive Committee has instructed me to advise your Lead Officer to inform GWR that any Sunday working agreement will only be considered by this union if it includes a clause stipulating that the agreement is conditional upon GWR not using managers to work as guards for commercial reasons and that, should managers be used as guards commercially, the RMT will withdraw the agreement. Additionally, I have been instructed to seek the same arrangement for all GWR grades.

I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will, of course, inform you of any further developments on this issue as and when they arise.

Best wishes.

Mick Cash
General Secretary