ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS

Our Ref: BR2/0146

5th December 2019

STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED
OFFER RECEIVED WITH RECOMMENDATION TO ACCEPT


Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS

I am writing in relation to the above matter, as you know, your negotiators have been in discussion with the company in an attempt to resolve this dispute. I have now received a report from your negotiating team who have recommended, to your NEC, that the proposal is accepted, a copy of which can be found here.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and the views of your representatives. The NEC has decided to suspend all industrial action to enable a referendum to take place. Therefore, you and your colleagues are instructed to work normally.

The referendum will be sent out tomorrow (Friday 6th December 2019) with a closing date of Thursday 19th December 2019, with the NEC strongly recommending acceptance of the proposal.

You and your colleagues have remained solid during this industrial action and have displayed clear solidarity throughout this dispute. There is no doubt that due to your determined and principled stance the union has been able to negotiate a deal that works for the company, the union and the travelling public. As you will see the offer guarantees a guard on the West Midlands network, ensures they are safety critical and means that accessibility and safety is not compromised.

If you do not receive a voting paper by Thursday 12th December 2019, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or the RMT Switch board on 020 7387 4771 and ask for the industrial relations department, where your details can be amended and a replacement ballot paper sent to your address. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved or changed their details then please ask them to call on one of the above numbers to update their details so they are eligible to vote.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary