Our Ref: BR2/0146
TO ALL SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY GUARDS, COMMERCIAL GUARDS AND DRIVERS
22nd October 2018
KEEP UP THE MAGNIFICENT FIGHT
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
I am writing on the eve of the next strike to congratulate you on the magnificent stand you have taken throughout this dispute. Management can be under no doubt, having been balloted three times, of your determination to retain a Guard with safety critical responsibilities on all services.
Every time a ballot result is due management sit back and hope that the anti-trade union laws will get them out of trouble. Well you have let them know in no uncertain terms that you will not roll over on this very principled stand.
I have again written to management today informing them that we are willing to meet at any time to try and resolve this matter and asking them to stop prevaricating and get back to meaningful negotiations. This burying their heads in the sand is not good for their employees or the travelling public – a travelling public that has also made it clear they want a guard on their train.
I would also advise you that the National Executive Committee is currently addressing the question of payment from the hardship fund and I will write to you separately on this matter.
For ease of reference I would remind you of the strike dates which are as follows:-
Members instructed to not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 0001 Hours on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 and 2359 Hours on Saturday 27th October 2018
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 3rd November 2018
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 10th November 2018
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 17th November 2018
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 24th November 2018
I have no doubt that you will continue to support the action as you have done throughout this dispute a magnificent stance that you should be rightly proud of.
NO TO DOO!
SUPPORT YOUR UNION
SUPPORT THE ACTION