To All SWR Guard, Commercial Guard & Train Driver Members
Our Ref: BR2/0146
12th December 2019
DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
RE-BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Further to my email of 12th December I am writing to ask members to use their vote in the current re-ballot. As you know not only is it important that we get yet another massive ‘Yes’ vote but it is very important that we get a high return as the anti-trade union legislation makes it very difficult to implement members wishes on occasion due to a low turn-out. We have had ballots returned with over 90% of members voting for a strike but because we did not reach the 50% threshold of papers returned we could not use the mandate. In some instances it was down to a handful of voting papers.
The ballot for industrial action opened on Thursday 19th December 2019. Ballot papers have been sent to your home address and I urge you to vote ‘YES’ for STRIKE ACTION and ‘YES’ for INDUSTRIAL ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE.
If you have not received your ballot paper by Friday 3rd January 2020 please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and request a replacement voting paper. Alternatively, you may wish to contact RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department.
Furthermore, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved, changed job roles or workplace location, please ask them to contact the Union on one of the above numbers.
During the Christmas break Head Office is closed from 25th December and will re-open on 2nd January. However during this period members can email the RMT Helpline with any changes to their details, or request a replacement voting paper, and arrangements will be made for one to be sent to you or your colleagues home address. The email address is email@example.com
I will, of course, continue to keep you fully updated on any further developments.
MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR VOTE
SAY NO TO DOO
VOTE ‘YES’ TO BOTH QUESTIONS