Our Ref: BR2/0146

13th April 2017

Dear Colleague,


I write further to my previous letter dated 22nd March 2017, in which I advised you of the further planned industrial action. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues on the phenomenal solidarity and support shown during the recent industrial action. The company were once again sent a crystal clear message that you and your colleagues are adamant in defending the safety critical role of the guard and we will not back down to their irresponsible threats and blatant disregard for passenger wellbeing and safety.

In an attempt to find a meaningful resolution to the dispute your union met with the company in good faith on April 5th 2017 to discuss the retention of a second safety critical person and to discuss Driver Only Operation. Disappointingly the company failed to table any proposals that would warrant the suspension of the latest strike action. Whilst your union representatives entered talks with no pre-conditions the company managers still peddled the same meaningless statements that ‘Driver Controlled operation is exactly what it says, where the driver will have full operational control of the doors and we cannot provide any guarantees around  second person remaining on all services’.

It has become abundantly clear that management have not taken this meeting seriously, with none of the company’s senior directors bothering to turn up to discuss our concerns. It is about time the company stop repeating the same nonsense that they fully intended to introduce a minimum of 50% Driver Only Operation across the franchise upon the introduction of the new rolling stock.

Therefore, in line with the above and in order to further defend the safety critical role of the guard the National Executive Committee has instructed you and your colleagues to take strike action by not booking on for any turns of duty that commence between:-

• 0001 and 2359 hours on Friday 28th April 2017

It is vital that we stand shoulder to shoulder in defiance against the company’s reckless proposals and blatant disregard to meaningfully discuss our concerns. I urge you and your colleagues to fully support the strike action to send the company a clear message that we are determined in our campaign to secure a safer and more accessible railway for everyone. As always we have told the company we are available for meaningful discussions in order to seek a satisfactory resolution to this dispute for both parties.

Yours sincerely


 Mick Cash

General Secretary