ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Our Ref: BR2/0146

2nd February 2018

TO ALL DRIVERS, GUARDS AND COMMERCIAL GUARDS AT SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Dear Colleagues,

ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for your tremendous support during this dispute. Unfortunately despite your unions best efforts the company are still refusing to provide an acceptable resolution to this dispute. We understand that pay discussions are due to take place for Drivers, which are likely to discuss the new Class 701 rolling stock and its operation. We are seeking assurances that the RMT will be involved in these discussions as the jointly recognised union for Drivers. Furthermore, the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and believes that there is no other option but to call further industrial action. Therefore, the NEC is instructing you and your colleagues to take the following industrial action:-

1. All Guards, Commercial Guards and Train Driver Members

• Not to undertake any rest day working from 00:01 hours on Friday 16th February 2018 until 23:59 hours on Monday 19th February 2018.

2. Guard and Commercial Guard Members

• From 00:01 hours on Friday 16th February 2018 until 23:59 hours on Monday 19th February 2018, all Guards and Commercial Guard members are instructed to take industrial action by refusing to work in accordance with sections 7.2.2, 7.2.4 and 7.4.2 of the Guards Restructuring Agreement.

GRA 7.2.4 RANGE OF MOVEMENT states as follows:

“A Guard shown spare within the roster can be allocated to cover work having a signing on time within 2 hours either side of the signing on time for which he/she was shown spare. Guards who are shown spare as rostered spare within the base roster will not be re-rostered to cover another spare turn. The movement arrangements for pre-booked work will remain.

There will be no demarcation between am and pm signing on times.”

• On this basis Guards and Commercial Guard members are called upon to work only to the hours that are allocated on your base roster when you are spare and not to sign on for any time within 2 hours either side of the signing on time which appears on your base roster.

GRA 7.4.2 Allocation of re-issued diagrams states as follows:

“If a diagram assigned to a Guard has been re-issued due to minor alterations having been made, the re-issued diagram will be re-allocated to the Guard and he/she will automatically adopt the revised signing on time and diagram TOD. In such cases the original signing-on time may be moved two hours either side of the pre-booked signing-on time and the turn length may be extended by up to two hours.”

• On this basis Guards and Commercial Guard members are called upon to only work the hours that are allocated on your local roster even in circumstances where a diagram is reissued and therefore not automatically adopt the revised signing on time and diagram Time of Duty if it has different hours to those that appear on their local roster. 

GRA 7.2.2 Maximum Cover Range states as follows:

“Guards shown spare within the base roster can be allocated turns having a longer time on duty up to a maximum of 11 hours, within the following ranges:

Rostered TOD                          Maximum Range of Cover 6hrs to 7hrs & 59 mins              10 hours 8hrs & above                           11 hours

Guards rostered spare will only be allocated to cover work in accordance with the above cover ranges when the work is shown on the alteration sheets.”

• On this basis Guards and Commercial Guard members are called upon to only work the hours that are allocated on your local roster and not work on any turns having a longer time on duty than is shown on the local roster.  

Note to Guard and Commercial Guard members

If your Turn of Duty is cancelled you become Spare and fall under the above clause GRA 7.2.4.

3. Driver Members

• From 00:01 hours on Friday 16th February 2018 until 23:59 hours on Monday 19th February 2018 all Driver members are instructed to take industrial action by refusing to work in accordance with sections 7.2.2, 7.2.4, 7.3.2 and 7.4.2 of the Drivers Restructuring Agreement

DRA 7.2.2 MAXIMUM COVER RANGE states as follows: “Drivers shown spare within the base roster can be allocated turns having a greater TOD in accordance with the following table. Rostered TOD                          Maximum TOD Cover 6h 00m – 6hr 59m               9hr 30m 7h 00m – 7hr 59m                         9hr 30m 8h 00m – 8hr 59m    9hr 30m 9h 00m – 9hr 30m    9hr 30m

Drivers shown spare will only be allocated to cover work in accordance with the above cover ranges when the work is shown on either the Roster Period Alteration Sheet or Daily Alteration Sheet.

• On this basis Driver members are instructed only to work the hours that are allocated on your local roster and not work on any turns having a longer time on duty than is shown on the local roster.  

Note to all Driver members

If your Turn of Duty is cancelled you become Spare and fall under the below clause DRA 7.2.4.

DRA 7.2.4 RANGE OF MOVEMENT states as follows:

“A Driver shown spare within the roster can be allocated to cover work having a signing on time within 2 hours either side of the signing on time for which he/she was shown spare for. Driver who are shown as rostered spare within the base roster will not be re-rostered to cover another spare turn.”

• On this basis Driver members are called upon to work only to the hours that are allocated on your base roster when you are spare and not to sign on for any time within 2 hours either side of the signing on time which appears on your base roster.

DRA 7.3.2 UTILISATION OF CANCELLED TURNS (PLANNED) states as follows:

“Turns cancelled in advance of the day on which the turn was planned to operate will be notified via the daily or weekly alteration sheet. A minimum of 36 hours notice will apply. The Driver previously assigned to the turn will be deemed as spare and may be utilised to cover other diagrams. In such cases the Driver's original signing on time may be moved +/- 2 hours either side of the pre booked signing on time for the turn and the turn length may be extended by up to 2 hours.”

• On this basis Driver members who are deemed as spare in these circumstances will only work the hours that are allocated on your base roster and will not work any hours either side of the pre booked signing on time for the turn or any hours that extend the length of the term which are beyond those allocated on your base roster.

DRA 7.4.2 ALLOCATION OF RE-ISSUED DIAGRAMS

“If a diagram assigned to a Driver has been reissued due to minor alterations having been made, the re-issued diagram will be re-allocated to the Driver and he/she will automatically adopt the revised signing on time and diagram TOD. In such cases the original signing on time may be moved +/- 1 hour either side of the pre booked signing on time and the turn length may be extended by up to 1 hour.”

• On this basis Driver members are called upon to only work the hours that are allocated on your local roster and if the circumstances described above apply, not to work on any turns which begin before the time you are due to sign on for or have a longer time on duty than is shown on the local roster.  

NOTE TO ALL MEMBERS In any circumstances when your train is running late you do not stop the train and must complete your journey. Additionally, we are instructing you not to move from your agreed hours and not to carry out any enforced rostered overtime. This will mean you and your colleague’s only work your base cycle and rostered hours as agreed locally for December to May. For example, if you are 07:00 – 15:24 (8.24hrs) A/O within your base roster you only sign on at 07:00 and finish at 15:24 and carry out your duties within that time. What you cannot do if your train is running late which takes you past 15:24 is stop the train where it is, you must complete that journey. N.B. please be advised that due to the new anti-trade union laws we may need to re-ballot members for action in order to maintain the pressure on SWR, who are no doubt trying to prolong matters by failing to engage with us on this issue. We will advise members should this step prove necessary. Once again I urge members to strongly support the above action and continue your support for your union in defence of the vital Safety Critical Role of the Guard and our campaign to stop the extension of DOO.

 

SUPPORT THE ACTION!

SUPPORT THE UNION!

UNITY IS STRENGTH!

 

Yours sincerely  

Mick Cash

General Secretary