TO ALL GUARD AND DRIVER MEMBERS – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO SWR
Firstly I would like to congratulate you on the continuing support you have shown during this dispute which is magnificent.
There are a number of issues being discussed by the National Executive Committee today in regard to the dispute and I hope to be in a position to write to you again shortly.
In the meantime I would like to let you know that I have received a resolution from the Wessex Regional Council asking the union to set up a Dispute Fund to provide financial assistance to you and your colleagues.
The National Executive Committee has considered the resolution and I am pleased to say has agreed to set up the fund and we are in the process of making a donation to get it going.
In addition, the National Executive Committee has given further consideration to making a hardship payment and has instructed me to make a payment of £100 to each member who has taken part in industrial action to date. I am in the process of making the necessary arrangements with the Lead Officer and your Representatives to make these payments and will of course keep you advised of any further developments.
Unity is Strength