ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)

Our Ref: BR2/0146

FURTHER STRIKE ACTION CALLED

13th January 2017

Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)

Firstly, I would like to thank and congratulate you and your colleagues for your continued determination to resist GTR’s extension of DOO and the imposition of the On-Board Supervisor Role. You and your colleagues have demonstrated tremendous unity and have stood strong against a vindictive company who have consistently used deplorable tactics to attack you and your colleagues. The continue action you have all taken has proven that we will not settle for anything other than a safe railway for all passengers and staff.

Southern GTR has continued to peddle their rhetoric that that OBS role has been implemented on their services. As I am sure you are aware the company’s implementation has been nothing short than shambolic and this has been evident in the concerning number of disabled passengers reporting that they have been unable to use the trains because of no second staff member on board due to GTR’s sheer incompetence. I understand that this is alarmingly become widespread across the network and I would ask that all our members contact the union by sending in reports of trains running with no second person on board and other information to gtrfacts@rmt.org.uk. I would like to thank all members who have already submitted information and would encourage you and your colleagues to provide as much information as possible.

The media has extensively reported on Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport and Charles Horton, the Chief Executive Officer of GTR offering to meet this union, which I can advise you and your colleagues that I have reached out to both welcoming their invitations to try and resolve this dispute. However, despite my best efforts and repeated requests to meet and accepting their invites they have both failed to arrange times to talk with this union and continued to ignore my requests to meet.

As a union we will continue to oppose the extension of DOO and the removal of the safety critical role of the guard. The union will do everything we possibly can to support you and your colleagues and you remain fully part of the RMT regardless of your transfer to the OBS role. Additionally, in order to defend our position and to continue our fight against the company the National Executive Committee has recently considered this matter and has made the decision to call further strike action.

Therefore, the NEC instructs that our Conductor, Conductor Instructors and On-Board Supervisor (Ex-Conductor) members to take strike action by not booking on for any shifts between:-

•    0001 hours and 2359 hours on Monday 23rd January 2017.

Additionally, an open meeting is being arranged for all members in the dispute and the time, date and venue for this meeting will be made available and distributed once it has been fully finalised.

I urge you all to continue your phenomenal support and solidarity and ask that you stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues during this industrial action. Southern must be left in no doubt that we demand the safety critical role of the guard is retained. Once again I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your inspirational support and continue determination during this dispute.

SUPPORT THE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH
NO TO DOO!
Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary