Our Ref: BR2/0146
25th April 2018
FURTHER ACTION CALLED IN DEFENCE OF THE GUARD!
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA
Firstly, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for your tremendous support and solidarity during this campaign. As you are aware from my previous letter dated 18th April 2018, the company’s proposed ‘best and final offer’ falls short of any meaningful resolution and fails to provide any guarantees on the safety critical role of the guard. The company are adamant that the new train dispatch method and door operation will be strictly DOO with their proposals stating that “Train Drivers will operate the train doors and undertake train despatch in normal circumstances”. This is totally unacceptable and only shows that this company is determined to bulldoze through their extension of DOO.
Today marks the two year anniversary of our first dispute in defending the Safety Critical Role of the Guard. The national demonstration today shows how serious our fight is and the strong solidarity you and your colleagues have in defending the Guard role. Unfortunately, the fight against DOO isn’t only on Greater Anglia, it is affecting our members up and down the country on various Train Operating Companies. Our Colleagues working for these companies have been and are still taking industrial action to defend their jobs, rail and passenger safety and the vital Safety Critical Role of the Guard.
Therefore, the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and believes that the only way to send the company a clear message and to force them round the table to resolve this dispute is to take further strike action. Therefore, you and your colleagues are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Wednesday 9th May 2018
As a way of reminder the previous industrial action remains on and members are also still instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
• 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Saturday 5th May 2018
Additionally, you and your colleagues are instructed not to work additional Sundays beyond your agreed rostered Sundays as from 2359 hours on Saturday 5th May 2018.
Furthermore, the NEC has instructed me to arrange a meeting of our representatives to discuss the company’s proposals and to fight a way forward in this dispute.
I urge you and your colleagues to remain defiant against this company and their plans to extend DOO across their network. We must do everything we can to fight for the vital Safety Critical Role of the Guard. The company need to stop putting their profits before passenger and rail safety. I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.
NO TO DOO!!
SUPPORT THE ACTION!
SUPPORT YOUR UNION!