Our Ref: BR2/8/4
9th August 2018
SUNDAY WORKING, GUARDS – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that a meeting has been held at Head Office with your GWR Divisional Council Representatives, Lead Officer and National Officers to discuss the union’s negotiating position regarding the issues raised in the following resolution received from our Plymouth No 1 Branch:
“That this Plymouth No 1 Branch recognises that the GWR Guard Sunday enhancement payment is reaching its trial conclusion. Branch reiterates its position that Sunday Working Payments should include all grades that this Union represents and demands that any future talks should be inclusive of all grades.
Branch believes that a 1 ¾ payment with ‘no strings’ is a practical solution to solve the ongoing Sunday Working issue. Should there be no satisfactory outcome, then we urge the NEC to create a dispute situation between this Union and the GWR.
Branch is aware that the IET sets are operational and that the travelling public have not been happy with the absence of a buffet car/shop facility on board. We request that the NEC re-open talks about the inclusion of a buffet car/shop facility in line with the East Coast IET sets which will create a better service for passengers and a better and safer working environment for our members.”
Following conclusion of this meeting, the union’s National Executive Committee has again considered the matter and I have been instructed to negotiate a Sunday Working Agreement for all grades with Great Western Railway. Therefore, I am in the process of making the necessary arrangements for a meeting to be held and I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments as and when they arise.