Our Ref BR2/0001
1st July 2019
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS AT SOUTH WESTERN TRAINS
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2018 SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
Further to my letter of 16th May 2019, members will be aware that following the rejection of the pay offer by members in a referendum, we sought further discussions with the company. SWR subsequently stated that their offer was final and that they would not be prepared to revisit it. However they did offer to start fresh discussions on the proviso that productivity would be part of these talks.
We have already advised the company that we would be happy to discuss productivity in line with the other recognised union ASLEF. Therefore we have asked SWR to provide us with a copy of the ASLEF deal from 2018 where we understand drivers received 4.1% (0.5% above the RPI rate of inflation at the time) but without any productivity strings.
Despite RMT having bargaining rights for drivers in the 1996 procedures the company have refused to provide us with a copy of the 2018 offer even going as far as saying it is confidential between themselves and ASLEF. Enquiries have been made with our Driver members as well as individual ASLEF driver members to ascertain the details of the deal and all responses stated that there were no productivity strings in this deal.
The NEC has considered this whole matter and I have written to SWR once again asking for them to provide a copy the 2018 deal, reminding them that that we have bargaining rights for drivers and making it clear that and that this should not be kept secret from our members. I have also highlighted that they are requesting that the productivity increases are discussed at functional company council level. In addition I have written to ASLEF directly requesting they also provide this union with a full copy of the 2018 deal.
RMT is an all grades union and will always negotiate on this basis. We would not allow grades to break away from each other to try to secure more for another as this would leave others behind. I will make sure members are kept fully informed of any further developments.