ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA

Our Ref: BR2/0146

30th April 2018

Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA

Further to my letter of 25th April 2018 you will have received a communication from the Managing Director of Greater Anglia where he feigns surprise at the decision to take further industrial action, despite the problems the company he leads has created in ensuring that we have not got a deal to settle this dispute. For the record we have been trying for almost three months to get a deal to settle this dispute.  The company decided, rightly or wrongly, to delay our fruitful negotiations whilst they tried to get RMT members to vote against further industrial action in the recent re-ballot. As you know this ballot saw a strong vote for action and further re-emphasised the support our members have for our defence of the role of the guard. 

Finally on 11th April 2018 they came up with a proposal which we discussed with your representatives.  Your representatives were concerned that the company were seeking to introduce similar arrangements we have seen in the ongoing dispute on Southern Railway.  That has now been confirmed by the Managing Director who has stated the intention is “not to run lots of services without Conductors” which our Conductor members can clearly see is confirmation that they plan to run trains without a Conductor!  What is point of having any review if the outcome is already predetermined? This is something your union has long suspected will be their objective throughout the talks.

The company is fixated on running trains without a conductor during disruption and once they run one train then there will be more and the exception will become the norm! This has happened on Southern Railway where 15000 trains alone ran last year without a second person on board despite the guarantees from the company this would not happen. The same will happen on Greater Anglia!!

For the record with have continually asked the company how many trains have had to be cancelled because of there being no conductor available.  The company confirmed that they run around 520 services a day with a conductor on board, meaning there is roughly 167,000 services a year. In 2016 only 20 were cancelled due to there being no conductor available.  So where is the problem?

It is clear to us, and I’m sure it is to you, that Greater Anglia want to get a Southern style scenario in place and once that is implemented we will see the exception become the norm. We are open to, and will welcome the opportunity to meet with the company again ahead of the forthcoming strike action on Saturday and hope that they are prepared to see reason. I urge members to continue your magnificent support for your union in the days of action ahead. 

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Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary