Southern proposed agreement "the old deal in a new envelope"

Our Ref BR2/0146

16th March 2017

TO ALL SOUTHERN GTR DRIVERS, GUARDS AND OBS STAFF

Dear Colleague

Southern proposed agreement "the old deal in a new envelope"

ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN GTR
INTRODUCTION OF NEW DOO ROUTES – SOUTHERN GTR

Please find below a Press statement I have made this morning over the agreement reached between GTR and ASLEF over Driver only Operations on Southern GTR.

“We have now had a chance to look at the detail and this is basically the old deal in a new envelope and RMT does not believe for a moment that drivers and guards will be hoodwinked

Drivers and passengers have still lost the cast-iron guarantee they once had of a guard on the train which means they will now be more exposed and left vulnerable when something goes wrong. Disabled passengers will be seriously disadvantaged as access to train services ‎is compromised.

GTR bosses and Charles Horton will be delighted at this proposed deal as no juggling or fiddling with words can disguise the fact that it gives the bosses the whip hand to continue to drive down safety and hammer down on the workforce."

The fact is that GTR have deliberately done this deal behind the backs of guards and their union. Yet again guards are finding out at the last minute and via social media not from their employer. The real agenda here is to undermine the jobs and skills of a loyal and dedicated workforce regardless of the cost to safety and accessibility.

RMT's dispute remains on and we are seeking an urgent meeting with company and government."

The National Executive Committee is today considering the latest developments in this dispute and I will be writing to members again shortly.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary