To All Greater Anglia Conductor and Senior Conductor Members
Our Ref: BR2/0146
13th June 2018
RMT SUSPENDS ALL STRIKE ACTION
MEMBERS INSTRUCTED TO WORK NORMALLY
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA
Further to my letter dated the 1st June 2018 with regards to the DOO dispute and where I notified you of the forthcoming industrial action due to take place on Saturday 16th June and Saturday 23rd June 2018. I can now advise you that I have attended a meeting with Greater Anglia management, your Conductor Guards Company Council Representatives and Lead Officer where an improved offer was tabled by the company.
Your union’s National Executive Committee has met with our Greater Anglia Local and Company Council Guards Reps and notes that they are unanimous in the view that this offer is good enough to put to our Greater Anglia Conductor and Senior Conductor members in the hope of resolving the long running DOO dispute.
Therefore, I have been instructed to suspend the forthcoming strike action on Saturday 16th June and Saturday 23rd June 2018 and conduct a referendum of you and your colleagues with a recommendation from the Executive Committee to accept the company’s proposals.
I can also advise you that I have sought paid release from Greater Anglia for your Conductor Guards Company Council Reps and Local Guards Reps to attend all Depots, to answer any questions you may have on the improved offer.
Following this consultation period with members we will commence the referendum and as we are approaching the summer holiday period, the Executive Committee has decided to have a three week voting period. Therefore, voting papers will be despatched to your home address on Thursday 28th June 2018 and the referendum will close on Thursday 19th July 2018. This will guarantee that all our Greater Anglia Conductor and Senior Conductor members receive a copy of the company’s final proposals, together with your voting paper, in plenty of time to return your vote in the referendum.
In addition to the above, I am seeking assurances from Greater Anglia that all punitive sanctions that were imposed by them during this dispute, such as the rest day and overtime ban and the ban on Guards promotions, will be lifted as a result of this decision. The Executive Committee feels that this is the least the company can do as a gesture of goodwill and in an attempt to heal the rifts and trust issues that may have arisen amongst our Greater Anglia Guard members.
On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for your continued support and solidarity throughout this long and difficult dispute.
I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will write again soon.