ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO

Our Ref BR2/0146

 

18th April 2018

 

TO ALL CONDUCTORS AND SENIOR CONDUCTORS AT GREATER ANGLIA

 

 

Dear Colleague

RMT CALLS INDUSTRIAL ACTION

 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO

GREATER ANGLIA

 

Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above dispute and where I informed you of the magnificent results our members returned in the ballot for industrial action. I can now advise you that a further meeting has been held between Greater Anglia and the RMT and following intense discussions, the company tabled their ‘best and final’ proposals. These proposals have recently been discussed at a staff side meeting with your Local and Company Council Reps where it was unanimously agreed that the company’s position was unacceptable.

 

Greater Anglia remains adamant that the role of the guard will have no involvement in the releasing or closing of the train doors. The proposal stipulates that ‘train drivers will operate the train doors and undertake train despatch in normal circumstances.’ Your Union Reps are of the view that the ‘guarantees’ given by the company are unreliable and that their proposed review on the ‘utilisation of Conductors’ would be ‘concluded in readiness for the May 2019 timetable’. Your Union Reps are of the view that the company cannot be trusted to preserve a safety critically trained employee let alone a guard on every train and the company’s exceptional circumstances clause was open to obvious abuse.

 

The vital safety role of the guard is still under threat and the extension of DOO remains a serious risk. Therefore, the matter has been considered by your union’s National Executive Committee who has instructed our Greater Anglia Conductor and Senior Conductor members to take the following industrial action:

 

Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:

  •00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Saturday 5th May 2018

 

Additionally, members are instructed not to work additional Sundays beyond your agreed rostered Sundays as from 23.59 hours on Saturday 5th May 2018.

 

Once again, I would like to congratulate our members for your continuous show of strength and solidarity throughout this very difficult dispute. Not only have you made your feelings known to the company, you have taken a stand against the anti trade union laws by voting overwhelmingly in support of industrial action.

 

UNITY IS STRENGTH

SUPPORT YOUR UNION – SUPPORT THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION

 

Best wishes.

 

Mick Cash

General Secretary