Role of The Guard & Extension of DOO – South Western Railway

To All SWR Guard, Commercial Guard & Train Driver Members

Our Ref: BR2/0146

17th January 2020

!WE KNOW YOU WILL VOTE ‘YES’ YOU ARE SWR GUARDS!

BUT DON’T FORGET WITH THE ANTI-TRADES UNION LAWS WE ALSO NEED THE NUMBERS

Dear Colleague

Role of The Guard & Extension of DOO – South Western Railway

You and your colleagues should have now received your voting paper in the re-ballot for industrial action. Please make sure you return your ballot paper to the Scrutineer by the closing date of Thursday 23rd January 2020.

I am asking you to use your vote and ensure the fight you have fought since September 2017 – yes 2017 – can continue. Each time we have re-balloted management sat back and waited for the result hoping you would cave in. You didn’t. You haven’t. Please don’t let SWR off the hook this time by forgetting to vote.

I know members will vote ‘YES’, but it is so important that you do so in high numbers. As unfair as it is the anti-trade union legislation means 50% of members have to vote for a ballot to be valid. A simple majority, even if it was 100 ‘YES’ votes to 1 ‘NO’ would be worthless if we do not reach the 50% threshold. Your personal single vote could make all the difference. Do not let these anti-democratic laws stop you fighting your cause.

If you have not yet received your ballot paper please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk. 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.

I urge you not to waste your vote and to vote ‘YES’ FOR STRIKE ACTION and ‘YES’ FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE to defend the safety critical role of the Guard and to stop the further spread of DOO.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE
RETURN YOUR VOTING PAPER
VOTE ‘YES’ TO BOTH QUESTIONS

I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.

Best wishes.

Mick Cash
General Secretary