Role of the Guard & Extension of DOO – Arriva Rail North

Our Ref: BR2/0146

21st June 2019

Dear Colleague,

Role of the Guard & Extension of DOO – Arriva Rail North

As you are aware your union has been in discussions with Arriva Rail North under the auspices of the conciliation service ACAS. Around 20 constructive meetings at different levels have been held in good faith, which have been positively attended by both your union and the company.

I am pleased to announce that significant progress towards resolving this dispute has been reached and that an agreement in principle has been achieved on several key points in this dispute. One of the main concerns was agreeing to an operational mode, which during discussions was agreed will utilise intermediate or conventional working, which is in line with union policy. There is still a need for further joint working on the specific effects of the mode of operation and while this would mean extending talks, the union is hopeful that these talks will be constructive and positive. As further joint working is required, an intensive programme of dates for the working party is scheduled throughout July and August, with the process concluding in September.

For your information, a copy of the letter from ACAS outlining the outcome of our talks with the company can be found here:-

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and welcomed the positive negotiations that have taken place and hope that these will continue. The NEC would like to thank our negotiators for their continued hard work. Also, I have been instructed to arrange a number of meetings on this issue between our local reps, company council and members of the negotiating team. This is to provide our reps with as much information as possible and will take place by no later than 12th July 2019. Once this meeting has taken place Special meetings on the East and West side of the company will take place and will commence after the 12th July, this will be attended if at all possible by me, the Senior Assistant General Secretary and NEC members. The meetings for these dates have not yet been agreed, however, we will send out a text and email to members to inform them of the meeting dates, times and location. I will also be contacting ACAS to arrange a meeting of the steering group in early August to ascertain the latest position and for information on a further update. This meeting will be arranged to take place before Thursday 15th August 2019.

I would personally like to thank our negotiators, representatives and you and your colleagues for supporting the union during this difficult and long-running dispute. Our negotiators have worked tirelessly to ensure we achieve a productive and successful outcome at ACAS and it is thanks to you - the members - that we have been able to get to the point we are at today. This union is a proud industrial fighting union and this dispute demonstrates what a true democratic fighting union can achieve. Therefore, on behalf of the union and myself I applaud you all for your solidarity and clear determination that has been nothing less than inspirational.

I trust this keeps you fully advised and once again I thank you all for your hard work. 

Yours sincerely  


Mick Cash

General Secretary