ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA

Our Ref: BR2/0146

22nd August 2017

TO ALL CONDUCTORS AND SENIOR CONDUCTORS AT GREATER ANGLIA

Dear Colleague,

USE YOUR VOTE! – VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS

ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – GREATER ANGLIA

I write further to my letter dated 14th August 2017 in relation to the above matter and where I informed you that the company had blatantly ignored our concerns and were instead going ahead with their plans to further extend DOO.

You will have no doubt received the company’s propaganda on the discussions and their plans for the Guard. As you will see the company have made their intentions clear, they want to extend DOO without any consideration for you and your colleagues. The contempt they have shown for you and your colleagues is astounding. Whilst the company have stated that the conductor will remain ‘safety-trained’ this is a long way from your current role and provides no guarantees on the ‘safety-critical’ element of your job. The company has demonstrated their disregard and are disgracefully stating their plans to completely remove the nine conductors based at Wickford and are extending DOO to Braintree and Southminster branches.

The company have further mentioned that ‘all efforts will be made to provide a rostered conductor’ and that during ‘service disruption and sickness they will run a train with only a driver’. There is no doubt that the company are trying everything in their power to mask their true intentions in this dispute. However, it is blatantly obvious that they want to destroy the safety-critical role of the guard. It is incredibly insulting to you and your colleagues that Greater Anglia believes they can get away with these proposals. Whilst they are happy to state that the future of the conductor is ‘bright’ and that they value your contributions they are not willing to commit and guarantee a second person on their trains, being a safety critical guard/conductor!! This dispute could have been totally avoided and resolved if the company had given these guarantees when we last met with them.

This latest nonsense from management is disgraceful and only makes the need to vote ever more important. Therefore, it is imperative that we stand together and demonstrate our strength of feeling to the company in this dispute. I am urging members to vote YES to both questions in the ballot for industrial action. It is crucial that you return your voting paper by Tuesday 12th September 2017.

Your union needs you to return a massive yes vote to ensure we can act upon your wishes and defend the safety critical Role of the Guard. You will no doubt receive more management nonsense as they try to spin this dispute into their favour, but, be in no doubt that your union supports you and your colleagues fully and will do everything possible to defend your jobs.

If you have not already received a ballot paper by Friday 25th August 2017, then please  contact the RMT Freephone Helpline urgently on 0800 376 3706 or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where a replacement ballot paper will be sent to you by first class post. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has not received their ballot paper, ask them to call on of the above numbers to update their details to receive a replacement ballot paper.

SUPPORT YOUR UNION
RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR STRIKE ACTION
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary