Role of the Guard & Introduction of DOO - Merseyrail

Our Ref: BR2/0146

17th March 2017

Dear Colleague

ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MAGNIFICENT SUPPORT SHOWN BY MEMBERS DURING MONDAY’S STRIKE ACTION
UNION SEEKS URGENT MEETING WITH COMPANY

Firstly I would like to congratulate you on the wonderful solidarity shown during Monday’s industrial action. As you know the action was solidly supported and successful. The National Executive Committee has also applauded members for fighting to retain the safety-critical role of the guard.

The excellent organisation with picketing and explaining our issues to the public in the face of the extra burdens imposed by the Tory anti-trade union law was staggering. I can honestly say that the support from the public has also been very positive, I have been informed that many people stopped and showed their support to members on the picket lines and there have been emails and phone calls to Head Office also expressing support. It is very clear that the travelling public and people in general want the retention of the guard with safety critical responsibilities.

The National Executive Committee has now given this matter further consideration and are seeking urgent meetings with Merseyrail in an effort to achieve a mutually agreeable and safe resolution to the dispute.

Once again congratulations on the magnificent support you have shown throughout this dispute.

Best wishes.
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary