ROLE OF THE GUARD AND INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

To all Guards, Guards Standard Managers and Train Drivers - Merseyrail

FURTHER STRIKE ACTION CALLED

Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD AND INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

Following discussions with your representatives the National Executive Committee has decided to call further industrial action in the form of a one day strike.

This dispute could be resolved if senior Merseyside Labour politicians followed National Labour Party policy and supported the retention of Guards in a safety-critical role and stopped worrying about profits for privatised rail companies.
 
We have attacked the political stunts from the Mayors in the regional media designed to deflect from the massive criticism they are getting from both inside and outside the Labour Party. These political actions by the Mayors have let the rail company off the hook and have been a major factor in the reason that there has been no invitation to attend any meaningful talks with ACAS, the company or anyone else as normal industrial relations have been effectively suspended.

It is now time for the company to get back round the table with your negotiators and reach an agreement that retains a Guard, with safety critical responsibilities, on every train. Something the travelling public wants, especially vulnerable people, as these train operating companies have been told time and time again.

The fact that we have been unable to make any progress whatsoever with the company means we have no option but to put this action on and the blame lies with Merseyrail and their political supporters.

Therefore, all Guards, Guards Standard Managers and Train Drivers are instructed not to book on for any turns of duty that commence between:-

•    00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Friday 22nd December 2017

SUPPORT YOUR UNION
SUPPORT YOUR COLLEAGUES
SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mick Cash
General Secretary