ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES - MERSEYRAIL

TO ALL GUARDS, GUARDS STANDARDS MANAGERS AND TRAIN DRIVERS AT MERSEYRAIL

Our Ref: BR2/0146

20th December 2017

STRIKE ACTION CALLED FOR JANUARY

Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES - MERSEYRAIL

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for your steadfast support and clear solidarity in our defence of the Safety Critical Role of the Guard.  As you are aware talks with Merseyrail have been ongoing but despite the unions’ best efforts, they are continuing their destructive plans to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation.

I know you are fully committed in your support of retaining a Guard as is the union and the public. We have advised Merseyrail that we want the guarantee of a Safety Critical Guard on the train to remain. There is no doubt that your support thus far has sent the industry a clear and concrete message, that we are serious about safety and that we will do everything in our power to ensure a second safety person on every train. If this continued pressure and will is there, then we can win this fight. We have already been successful in Scotland and Wales, in retaining Guards which raises the question as to why England should be any different. It is perplexing that trains operated in Scotland and Wales are also run and operated by the same company in England yet they are unwilling to provide us with the same deal or agreement. It is disgraceful that these proposals leave the most vulnerable in society at risk of being marginalised further and clearly discriminates against the elderly and passengers with disabilities. Merseyrail is obviously allowing their strings to be pulled by external factors and the rush for profits at the expense of their employees and the travelling public. They need to get around the table and commit to a Safety Critical Guard.

Therefore, to ensure we keep sustained pressure and to try and guarantee a Safety Critical Guard on every train the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and have instructed you and your colleagues not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

•    00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Monday 8th January 2018
•    00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Wednesday 10th January 2018
•    00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Friday 12th January 2018

Let us continue our solid support and I urge you all to continue standing shoulder to shoulder. Now is the time to send Merseyrail a clear message that we demand they take railway safety seriously and that we demand they commit to a Safety Critical Guard on every train.

NO TO DOO!
SUPPORT THE STRIKE

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary