ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Our Ref: BR2/0146

3rd July 2019

Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Firstly, I would like to again congratulate you on the magnificent support you have shown during the last week of strike action. SWR can be left in no doubt that we are determined more than ever to stand against their plans for DOO.

Regrettably, the company continue to prevaricate when discussing the Safety Critical Role of the Guard and have failed to provide any information on their preferred method of operation. The company time and time again has failed to give clear guarantees and have continued to be evasive when any negotiations have taken place.

Therefore, your union’s National Executive Committee has considered the matter and taken the decision to re-ballot all our SWR Guard, Commercial Guard and Train Driver members so that we can continue with the action.

As you are more than aware, because of the changes in the 2016 Trade Union Act it has become necessary to re-ballot you and your colleagues for industrial action every six months. The union now needs to ask you and your colleagues to make another stand and show SWR that their deliberate attempts to delay talks has failed. You and your colleagues have already been balloted an unprecedented four times and we are now moving onto a historical fifth re-ballot. It is amazing that you and your colleagues have delivered a resounding mandate each time of asking. I can only ask that you continue with your awe-inspiring solidarity and once again return a huge ‘Yes’ vote.

I will be arranging a series of mass meetings during the re-ballot at Bournemouth, London and Woking to discuss this dispute with you and your colleagues and to gain further feedback going forward. I will send out further information on the time and location of these meetings in due course. Additionally, I will be writing to SWR to arrange a meeting with the Managing Director and his team which will be attended by myself, the NEC, Lead Officer and Guards Company Council to discuss ways of resolving this dispute and with the plan to set out a timescale and timetable to resolve this dispute.

The ballot for industrial action will open on Wednesday 10th July 2019. Ballot papers will be sent to your home address shortly after this date and I urge you to vote ‘YES’ for STRIKE ACTION and ‘YES’ for INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE when you receive your voting paper. Do not waste your vote. If you have not received your ballot paper by Wednesday 17th July 2019 please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and request a replacement voting paper. Alternatively, you may wish to contact RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department. Furthermore, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved, changed job roles or workplace locations, please ask them to contact the union on one of the above numbers.

I will continue to keep you fully updated on any further developments.

NO TO DOO!!
MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR VOTE
VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS


Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary