ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO - GREATER ANGLIA

Our Ref: BR2/0146

24th October 2017

TO ALL RMT CONDUCTORS AND SENIOR CONDUCTORS AT GREATER ANGLIA

Dear Colleagues,

ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO - GREATER ANGLIA

Firstly I want to thank and congratulate you all for the rock solid action that took place earlier this month. The Overtime and Rest Day bans (which conclude at 23.59 hours on Monday 6th November 2017) also continue to be well observed and are having a significant impact on the company. The industrial action, as well as the extraordinary ballot result, has left Greater Anglia in no doubt that RMT members are united and will fight to defend the vital safety role of the guard. Your solidarity and determination is a credit to the whole trade union movement.

The latest development has been the Office of Rail Regulation taking the extraordinary step of condemning Greater Anglia over safety. On inspecting GA’s desperate and reckless attempts to break the recent strikes, the ORR has outlined inadequate planning, risk assessment, training and safety validation for the contingency guards they used to run services. The company have been forced to acknowledge these deficiencies and have been instructed to address ORR’s concerns before they can attempt to use contingency guards again. This is a clear indictment of the cavalier attitude GA are showing to the safety of passengers and staff and we have urged the Government to strip them of their franchise for the sake of railway safety.

We continue to seek talks with GA to try to get the commitments we require over the role of the guard but there has regrettably been no progress. Your National Executive Committee has consulted with your Company Council and Local representatives last week where the latest position was discussed in full. Having taken full consideration of the view of your representative the National Executive Committee believes that there is no other option but to call further industrial action as outlined below.

All Greater Anglia Conductors and Senior Conductors are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: -

•    00.01 hours Wednesday 8th November 2017 and 23.59 hours on Thursday 9th November 2017

In addition all members are instructed: -

•    Not to work any additional Sundays outside your booked rostered Sunday turns from 00.01 hours Saturday 11th November 2017 until further notice  

The NEC believes unless there is sufficient movement from the company members should be prepared for the possibility of a sustained period of industrial action in early January 2018. This matter will be considered again by the NEC in December with a view to deciding on further action.

I urge you all to continue your magnificent support for your union in our campaign to defend the safety role of the guard. WE SAY NO TO DOO!

SUPPORT THE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary