Our Ref: BR2/0146
3rd February 2017
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Firstly, I would like to thank and congratulate you and your colleagues for your continued determination in opposing DOO and defending the safety critical role of the guard. Additionally, I would like to express thanks to all those who took industrial action on the 23rd January 2017 and to all those who voiced their opinions and attended the meeting of representatives and members held at three bridges on Sunday 29th January 2017.
I can confirm that we are aware that talks between GTR and our Sister union has concluded and an agreement has been reached subject to their members approval and endorsement. Unfortunately, we have not received the full details of this agreement and are therefore unable to make any further judgement on this matter.
Southern GTR has agreed to meet this union over the issues at the heart of this dispute and I have written to the company seeking available dates, which will hopefully commence early next week. Additionally, I will be asking the company for a copy of the agreement between Southern GTR and our sister union and asking for information on any additional proposals the company intend to present at our talks. Furthermore, I will be asking that our Conductor and OBS Representatives (Ex-Revenue Protection - as of December 2016) meet with myself, the NEC and Lead Officer to discuss the dispute.
We have expressed our dismay and dissatisfaction at the TUC’s approach in this dispute and made it clear that we object to their exclusion of this union from the talks at the TUC between the company and our sister union.
Once I have further information I will endeavour to keep you fully advised and up-to-date.