Southern Agree to meet RMT on Recognition for OBS Staff

To all Southern Conductors, Conductor Instructors and On-Board Supervisors


27th March 2019


Our Ref: BR2/20/2


Southern Agree to meet RMT on Recognition for OBS Staff


Dear Colleague,


Recognition On-Board Supervisors – Southern (GTR)


I am writing to you today with great news that we have made a breakthrough in our fight for recognition for OBS staff. Southern has agreed to meet with RMT on Monday 8th April to discuss this matter and I am pleased to say they are doing so without any pre-conditions.


As you know the grade was introduced during a long and bitter dispute over the extension of DOO and our fight to retain Guards with safety critical responsibilities.


Recognition and representation for OBS staff falls naturally under the umbrella of this union, these are grades that would in the past have been under a machinery of negotiation where the RMT had sole recognition and we have tried to represent you since the grades inception. You and many of your colleagues have remained loyal to the RMT and have also encouraged new staff to join, obviously I thank you for that.


This is a positive move in the very important fight to ensure you have the best recognition possible, agreed machinery, local representatives, and everything else that goes with being in the RMT – the natural union for your grade.


I would like to personally thank you for the loyalty you have shown the RMT during this difficult period and hopefully we will reach agreement with Southern on the 8th April. I will keep you informed of developments as they happen. In the meantime, I would ask that you speak to colleagues in your depot who are not in the RMT and ask them to join.


Unity is Strength


Best wishes,


Mick Cash

General Secretary