Our Ref BR5/14/5
17th April 2020
TO ALL KENT ROUTE SIGNALLERS AT LONDON BRIDGE AND THREE BRIDGES ROC
STAFFING LEVELS ROSTER TOOL – THREE BRIDGES ROC – NETWORK RAIL
As you may be aware, discussions have been taking place between your union and Network Rail over the transfer of signalling control from London Bridge ASC to Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre. The transfer was due to happen over the Easter 2020 weekend but we understand this has subsequently been delayed possibly to the end of May.
Local consultation began with regard to a new roster at Three Bridges ROC which would be required due to the increase from 3 to 4 workstations within the “Kent Pod”. Your reps were rightly concerned over management using a “roster tool’ that was developed by the resourcing manager on Western Route. This is the same tool that was proposed during the course of our discussions under the National Rostering Principles working group and was rejected by our representatives as well as by the union nationally.
Management’s proposals provided substantially fewer members of staff than we would expect so the roster was rejected and a failure to agree was recorded at local level. Our position was that the 29 staff proposed would be insufficient to cover the type of work within the “Kent Pod” and that we were seeking parity with the Sussex Pod of 32 staff to adequately cover rest breaks and training.
This matter was discussed at the Area Council where our reps proposed an increase to staffing numbers as well as a compliant 32 person roster ready to commence on the commissioning of the 4th workstation during the Easter 2020 weekend. This was rejected by management and following consideration by the Unions NEC, we requested an urgent Avoidance of Disputes meeting which was due to take place Monday 23rd March 2020 with the Regional Organiser and National Operations Council representative in attendance.
Prior to this meeting taking place there was dialogue between the company and your reps which resulted in Network Rail conceding that rather than staff the new Kent ‘D’ link workstations with 29 Signalling staff they would instead proceed with 32 staff as we had originally proposed. A written proposal has now been received from management and which has been considered by the National Executive Committee which noted that management have finally conceded to staff the Kent Link with the correct number of personnel and that a new roster has been agreed and introduced.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our representatives, local, area and national as well as you and your colleagues their steadfast resolve in achieving this positive outcome. Without your solidarity and determination this would not have been possible.