Our Ref: BR2/5/9
22nd August 2019
MFA – DISMISSAL, L RUSSELL, GATELINE ASSISTANT, DIDCOT PARKWAY – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
It has been brought to our attention that your colleague Sister Lisa Russell has recently been dismissed by GWR under the Managing for Attendance Procedure. The decision taken by GWR is quite frankly appalling as Sister Russell has been sacked whilst she is recovering from serious illness. Not only is the use of the MFA procedure completely inappropriate, it shows a total lack of empathy or compassion on the part of the company.
The National Executive Committee has considered a resolution from Swindon No 1 Branch highlighting this awful case. I have been instructed to inform GWR that unless Sister Russell is reinstated at her appeal hearing we will enter into a dispute and will ballot members for industrial action.
I will keep members fully informed of developments.