ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO - SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

To All SWR Guard, Commercial Guard & Train Driver Members

Our Ref: BR2/0146  

27th December 2018

Message from the General Secretary

  Dear Colleague,   ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO - SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

I am writing to you personally to thank you for the magnificent support you have shown during the whole of this dispute and are doing so again today. The action is as rock solid as ever and you really are a credit to the RMT and the Trades Union Movement as a whole in that you have never wavered in your fight to retain a second safety critical member of staff on every train.

We must remind ourselves that we have been successful in retaining Guards in other Train Operating Companies and indeed when it was South Western Trains the previous franchise owners were adamant that they were going to retain Guards and were proud of the fact. There is absolutely no reason for SWR to take this backward step of removing Guards other than to increase profits for their shareholders.

As you know from my last communication there is movement from the company but until we have firm commitments we cannot relax – and of course you have not - your determination has been amazing.

So once again I would like to personally thank you and congratulate you on the principled stand you have taken.

UNITY IS STRENGTH

TOGETHER WE WILL WIN

NO TO DOO

With best wishes,

Mick Cash

General Secretary