To All ARN Conductor, Conductor Instructor & Train Driver Members
Our Ref: BR2/0146
12th September 2018
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – ARRIVA RAIL NORTH
Further to my letter dated the 7th September 2018 with regards to the union’s clear commitment to attending positive talks with ARN management in the hope of reaching a satisfactory resolution to this long running and very difficult dispute on DOO, I can now advise you that a meeting has taken place on Friday 7th September 2018 under the auspices of ACAS with your union’s Negotiating Team and ARN management. During these long drawn out discussions a Memorandum of Understanding between the RMT and ARN was formulated by ACAS.
The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who notes the Memorandum of Understanding and has instructed our Negotiating Team to negotiate around the conventional or intermediate working arrangements and discuss the terms and conditions around these arrangements as the need arises.
The union’s Negotiating Team are due to recommence talks with ARN at ACAS on Friday 14th September 2018 and following conclusion of these talks, an update report will be placed back before the Executive Committee for further consideration. In the meantime, I must reiterate that the union’s policy for Guards to retain operational control of the doors and the RMT’s campaign to ensure a second safety critical member of staff remains on the ARN network remains unchanged.
Therefore, the three days of strike action due to take place on the 15th September, 22nd September and 29th September 2018 remains on until ARN provides the RMT with a document that reflects what is outlined above and retains the safety critical role of the guard. Once again, I commend you and your colleagues for the incredible unity and support you have shown throughout this difficult dispute and I urge you all to continue with this fantastic solidarity.
SUPPORT YOUR UNION – SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION
DEFEND THE SAFETY CRITICAL ROLE OF THE GUARD