Role of the Guard & Introduction of DOO, Merseyrail

Our Ref: BR2/0146
22nd June 2017

Dear Colleagues

Important - New Industrial Action called in July  

Role of the Guard & Introduction of DOO, Merseyrail

Further to previous correspondence on the above matter, I can advise you that a meeting took place in London between your Representatives and the union’s National Executive Committee. The meeting was convened to discuss the progress of the DOO dispute and what steps should be taken next.

At the meeting both your Representatives and your National Executive Committee expressed their frustration at the lack of progress in finding an amicable resolution to the current dispute. It was also noted that it’s the actions of Merseyrail that has resulted in the existing stalemate. Despite the best efforts of your Representatives, the company has continued to push ahead with their plans to remove Guards from their services. The RMT recently proposed the creation of a ‘safety working group’, which would include outside safety bodies and train manufacturers, on exploring the principle that a second safety-critical person will be retained on all Merseyrail services. However, the company snubbed this conciliatory approach.

Additionally, both your Representatives and the National Executive Committee paid tribute to you and your colleagues who have taken two days of rock solid action and who have mounted a highly effective picketing operation on those strike days. With this in mind, it was decided that the only way that we can force the company back into meaningful negotiations is to escalate the dispute and call further strike action. Consequently, the National Executive Committee is instructing you to take the following strike action:-

All Guards, Guard 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 Saturday 8th July 2017
•    00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Monday 10th July 2017
•    00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Sunday 23rd July 2017

I don’t need to remind you what is at stake. The solidarity and determination of you and your colleagues in this dispute has been incredible and I urge you to keep this up and stand shoulder to shoulder on the days of action.

Support your union
Support the strike action

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary