SUSPENSION OF CATERING SERVICES – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY

Our Ref: BR2/14/2

25th January 2021


Dear Colleague

SUSPENSION OF CATERING SERVICES – GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY

I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that I have received a report from the Lead Officer advising that Great Western Railway are temporarily suspending their catering services, following a request from the Office of Road and Rail (ORR). The company has communicated that they are not standing down staff allocated with the following duties:

Lead Hosts – essential safety role on IET 10 car services.
Covid Marshalls.
Training and Briefings.

The matter has been considered by the union’s National Executive Committee who note the report from your Lead Officer and the correspondence from GWR and that, on the request of the ORR, the company are temporarily suspending On Board Catering services.

Therefore, I have been instructed to write to the ORR asking on what grounds this has been done and seek an update report from the Lead Officer. Once I have received a report I will place the matter back before the Executive Committee for further consideration.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, update you on any further developments.

Best wishes.

Mick Cash
General Secretary