Our Ref BR2/0146
11th April 2019
TO ALL GUARDS, GUARDS STANDARDS MANAGERS, ONBOARD CLEANERS AND DRIVERS AT MERSEYRAIL
RMT REJECTS LATEST PROPOSALS
ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL
Further to previous correspondence, talks have continued between your negotiating team and Merseyrail under the auspices of ACAS to try to resolve our dispute in defence of the vital role of the Guard on their services. A new set of proposals have emerged from these talks which have been considered by the union’s National Executive Committee. The full details of the offer as well as supporting documents can be found by following the below links.
The NEC has considered and rejected these proposals as they are not in line with union policy regarding DOO/DCO. Further the NEC also believes these proposals go far beyond modernising the Guard role and are a serious regression in pay and working arrangements for our members. Additionally, the NEC is deeply concerned at the potential impact on other grades, and believes this deal goes against the values and traditions of this union, a union that prides itself on looking after low paid and vulnerable workers. The NEC also wished to place on record our thanks to our negotiating team for all their hard work in extremely difficult circumstances.
We have advised the company of our rejection of their latest proposals and we are in the process of arranging members meetings where myself, the Senior Assistant General Secretary, the Lead Officer and NEC members will be in attendance. These meetings will be held on consecutive Sundays in Liverpool to discuss the issues with the deal and to get feedback from the members on the way forward. I urge as many members as possible to attend these meetings to have your voice heard. I will write to members to inform you of the dates and venue as soon as this is confirmed.
Members will be kept fully informed of developments.