Our Ref: BR2/0146
15th July 2019
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
All South Western Railway Guards, Commercial Guards and Train Driver members should now have received their ballot paper for the above dispute. If you have not yet done so please make sure you return your ballot paper to the Scrutineer by the closing date of Wednesday 24th July 2019
If you have not received your ballot paper by Wednesday 17th July, then please contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Industrial Relations Department or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Additionally, if you know of a colleague who has recently changed their job title, address or workplace, then please ask them to contact the RMT on one of the above contact methods. This will allow the union to amend their details and ensure a successful ballot.
As you will recall whenever the ballot is coming to a close the company ride their luck in hope that we lose any re-ballot and for the fifth time, there is no exception to this ballot. We cannot allow the company to use the anti-trade union legislation to force through DOO. We must stand firm and united against the company’s plans.
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 vital 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’ FOR STRIKE ACTION AND ‘YES’ FOR ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE
I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.