ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

Our Ref: BR2/0146

22nd March 2017


Dear Colleague
RMT CALLS 24 HOURS STRIKE ACTION
ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you all for standing shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues on the 13th March 2017. The strike was rock solid and all picket lines had maximum attendance throughout the day of action.

I previously advised you that the RMT was seeking urgent talks with Merseyrail in the hope of reaching a mutually agreeable and safe resolution to this very difficult dispute. The RMT has said from day one that we are available for meaningful talks with no preconditions. Regrettably, during intense discussions with management, it soon became clear to our Senior Representatives that management were not serious about meaningful negotiations and remains reluctant to give any guarantees to keep a second safety critical person on the train.

The matter has again been subject to recent consideration by your union’s National Executive Committee who notes that talks have broken down with the company and Merseyrail is determined to bring in Driver Only Operated trains at all costs. Therefore, the Executive Committee has taken the decision to call on all our Merseyrail Driver and Guard members to take additional strike action as follows:

All affected members are instructed not to book on for any turns of duty that commence between:-

•    00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Saturday 8th April 2017.

Once again, I commend the strength and solidarity our Merseyrail Guard and Driver members have shown throughout this dispute and I urge you to continue to show your strength of feeling to the company and support the action.

UNITY IS STRENGTH – STAND STRONG - SUPPORT THE ACTION

Best wishes.
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary