Our Ref: BR2/0146
6th December 2018
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
I am writing further to my previous letter dated 16th November 2018 in which I advised you of the meeting with South Western Railway management. The outcome of this meeting was that management would consider the points raised and respond to us. This meeting took place over three weeks ago and after a considerable period of no industrial action it is appalling that the company has failed to even respond to the union. Furthermore, the company should have used this time to plan more discussions so this dispute could be resolved.
There can be no doubt now that the company are more concerned with spreading misinformation and telling the media how they are trying to resolve this dispute, yet, telling the union something completely different or not talking at all. In every correspondence we have sent to the company we have asked them to arrange meetings and to get around the table to resolve this dispute. It is quite clear that the company has very little concern for resolving this dispute and are showing nothing but contempt for you and your colleagues. The union can only assume that the company has no intention of resolving this dispute and are instead holding out for the new trains to arrive.
The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and believes that we cannot sit idly by whilst the company hinder talks. The NEC believes there is no other option than to call further industrial action. Therefore, all of our South Western Railway Commercial Guards, Guards and Train Drivers are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 22nd December 2018
As always the union has made ourselves readily available for any discussions and are prepared to find a resolution to this dispute. Once again, I have informed the company that they need to make arrangements for a meeting to take place.
I urge you and your colleagues to continue with your phenomenal support. We must continue to stand shoulder to shoulder during this industrial action. I would like to thank you all for your solidarity thus far and I know you will continue to stand united against a company that is treating you and your colleagues appallingly. I will write to you all once I have further information.
NO TO DOO
UNITY IS STRENGTH