Our Ref: BR2/2/2
27 April 2018
RE-GRADING, PLATFORM DISPATCH STAFF, STATION GRADES, PADDINGTON STATION – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
Concerns were recently raised by the RMT Paddington Branch over the significant increased workload for Great Western Railway Platform Dispatch staff at Paddington Station.
The branch states that, due to the introduction in 2017 of Class 387 and Class 800 trains, the workload has increased by one third, with the number of dispatch procedures increasing by 5 per cent so far this year, while there will be an increase of 33 per cent (above the work levels in 2016) with the introduction of MTR Crossrail services at Paddington from May 2018.
Add to that, the additional duties as a result of the recent announcement that GWR is to take over the Heathrow Express services from August 2018, with you and your colleagues also expected to fasten and release the “fly doors” on Class 387 trains.
At a recent meeting of the Stations Divisional Council, GWR refused to consider the RMT claim for reimbursement for this additional work, but the Paddington Branch says it is essential that the increased workload be recognised and properly rewarded.
The branch therefore called on your National Executive Committee to pursue an immediate claim for re-grading of Platform Dispatch staff at Paddington Station and a review of other station grades responsibilities to identify similar increases in workload as a consequence of recent changes.
The branch also called for a ballot our affected members for industrial action should GWR again refuse to discuss or agree to negotiate this claim.
Your NEC noted this call from Paddington Branch and instructed me to act on the branch’s concerns. I am currently in the process of doing so and your Regional Organiser has already written to the company along the lines of the contents of the resolution.
I will keep you advised of any developments which arise in this matter, but please be assured that your union is doing all it can to defend the interests of you and your colleagues during this process.