Our Ref: BR2/0146
24th April 2018
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – CLASS 800 IET SERVICES – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
I am writing in relation to the above matter and further to issues raised in a resolution from our members in the Paddington No 1 Branch. The branch raised a number of concerns over the published Traincrew Diagrams for passenger services in the May 2018 diagram, where Great Western Railway have withdrawn Guards from working Class 800 (IET) services from Paddington to Oxford, with the intention of these trains running as Driver Only Operation services.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has noted the sentiments within the resolution and that GWR has withdrawn Guards from working Class 800 IET services in the May 2018 diagrams. Furthermore, it is the unions’ understanding that due to the delays in the electrification project GWR are unable to run Class 387 units as DOO services to Oxford. It is also our understanding that the company plan to fill this gap by using Class 800 IETs, however, this is contrary to our previous agreement whereby Class 387 units would directly replace current 16x DOO services.
Therefore, I have written to the company to advise then that we do not agree to the May 2018 Diagrams and that we demand their immediate withdrawal. Additionally, we have made it clear to the company that all IET/800 services will have to have a Guard on board, irrespective of route or terminus station and to agree a schedule for guards training and method operation for class 387’s. I am also arranging an urgent meeting with the company to ensure that all of the above is guaranteed. Additionally, I have informed the company that should they fail to provide the union with the guarantees we are seeking then a dispute situation between our two organisations will exist and a ballot of you and your colleagues for industrial action will commence.
Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot, should the need for one arise, membership checks are currently underway. I urge you all to ensure your membership details are correct in preparation for any ballot. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, if you know a colleague who has moved or changed jobs inform them to contact one of the above numbers where we will be able to amend their details and ensure a successful ballot.
I will inform you of any further developments and outcomes on these issues when they arise. I will write to you all in due course.