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

Our Ref: BR2/0146

24th September 2017

Dear Colleague,

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

I am writing in relation to my previous correspondence dated 3rd October 2017 in relation to the above matter and where I advised you that your union had responded to the outrageous and abhorrent letter from Angie Doll. There is no doubt that GTR is a company that has little consideration for their staff and clearly have a lack of compassion and care for the wellbeing of their employees. GTR is the most aggressive and regressive company that we have come across in a long time and their abhorrent behaviour knows no limits.

You and your colleagues have demonstrated a tremendous amount of will and unity during this dispute. I would like to once again thank you all for your continued support and determination in this dispute. The amount of action that you and your colleagues have already taken has been phenomenal. The continued display of solidarity has been staggering and a true inspiration to the whole trade union movement.

The RMT remains fully committed in the defence of the vital, safety critical role of the guard. The National Executive Committee has recently considered this matter and believes that the only course of action is to call further strike action.

Therefore, all Conductor, Conductor Instructors and OBS (Ex-Conductors) members are instructed not to book on for any turns of duty that commence between:-

•    0001 Hours on Wednesday 8th November 2017 until 2359 hours on Thursday 9th November 2017.

The NEC believes that our campaign of industrial action will need to be ramped up in the New Year should there continue to be no movement from the company to offer a satisfactory outcome to the dispute. Members should therefore be prepared for the possibility of a sustained period of industrial action in early January 2018.

This dispute has been hard fought and long running, yet, your support for your colleagues has been unwavering. I urge you all to carry on with your magnificent stance and continue to stand up to GTR’s shameful intimidation and attacks on the Safety Critical Role of the Guard.

NO TO DOO!
SUPPORT YOUR UNION
SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary