To All SWR Guard, Commercial Guard & Train Driver Members
Our Ref: BR2/0146
13th January 2020
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE IN THE RE-BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Further to my email of the 10th January 2020 with regards to the above dispute.
As you may be aware, the new Managing Director of SWR recently took part in a radio interview. During the interview he stated that he was happy to meet with me to try and resolve this dispute. Having listened to the interview and the comments made by the new Managing Director, I have again written to SWR requesting further talks, without preconditions, at the earliest opportunity.
In the meantime, we must continue to stand united in this dispute. I am asking you and your colleagues to do as you have done before and return a massive YES vote in the ballot for industrial action. We must continue our fight to protect the safety critical role of the Guard and stop SWR plans to extend DOO. It is imperative that you return your ballot paper to the Scrutineer by the closing date of Thursday 23rd January 2020.
If you have not received your ballot paper by Thursday 16th January 2020 please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department. It is imperative that we get a massive return in the re-ballot for industrial action so we are not prevented from acting on members’ wishes by the new ballot thresholds.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE - RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER – SAY NO TO DOO
I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.