MON – Breach of Agreements – Station Grades – Great Western Railway

Our Ref: BR2/20/1

6th April 2017

Dear Colleague,

MON – Breach of Agreements – Station Grades – Great Western Railway

I have recently received concerning correspondence from our Stations Divisional Council (SDC) who have informed me that during discussions with Great Western Railway several matters were not agreed upon and have now been raised to an Avoidance of Dispute level with the company.

The report has outlined how the company are blatantly refusing to recognise long standing and hard fought agreements with the union.  The first issue is centred on the company’s disregard to recognise Lateral Transfers despite these being part of long standing agreements. GWR management are stating that they will only consider allowing those who apply for lateral transfers to bypass the GWR Telephone Interview but they will still need to be assessed and interviewed for the role. Additionally, the company are failing to advertise vacancies to the agreed establishment. This is obviously unacceptable and completely against the unions position. Secondly, the company are allowing single staffing of Gatelines, with certain local managers pressuring staff into working alone, this completely contradicts GWR’s own standard and safety management system and does not adhere to current risk assessments and SMS. Our SDC further indicated that the above is not an exhaustive list of the issues and that further discussions with the National Executive Committee and lead officer was needed to explain the full details.

Furthermore, it is disgraceful that Great Western Railway feels it is acceptable to propose the cutting of approximately 15 Gateline jobs. The company are not carrying out Gateline Assessments in accordance with previous AOD resolutions. Additionally, our Stations Divisional Council has indicated that management are not taking these matters seriously and are acting in an appalling manner, with reports that during discussions some managers where seen laughing, making a mockery of the machinery and not taking our concerns seriously.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has instructed me to arrange an urgent meeting with the Lead Officer, SDC, NEC and Senior Assistant General Secretary to discuss these issues and the best way to approach this situation.

I will keep you fully advised as further developments arise.

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary