SUSPENSION OF RMT REPRESENTATIVES, FRATTON – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

Our Ref: BR2/14/2

4th June 2020

Dear Colleague,

SUSPENSION OF RMT REPRESENTATIVES, FRATTON – SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

As you are aware, two of our representatives, Mark Gamble and Brian Perren, were suspended from duty using unscrupulous charges. South Western Railway’s actions throughout this dispute have been appalling. The company have clearly targeted our colleagues as they are hardworking and effective representatives. The callous action of South Western Railway has been abhorrent from the very start of this dispute.

Our members recently had their disciplinary hearings and after successful representation Brian has been reinstated to his substantive role. However, Mark has been left in limbo by the company and still faces these ridiculous charges.

This means that the ballot that was due to close today (4th June) has been cancelled. As one of our members has been reinstated, this changes the basis of the original ballot. Unfortunately, because of the anti-trade union laws we would not have been able to use any mandate we received from this ballot. Therefore, we have to run a fresh ballot and this will be to continue to defend our suspended representative Mark Gamble.

The National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has congratulated our members and all those who assisted Brian in proving his innocence and ensuring he is reinstated to his substantive role. The NEC has also instructed me to run a fresh ballot in defense of our Brother Mark Gamble who still remains suspended. It is incredibly disappointing that the company has failed to see sense and instead have chosen to drag on an unnecessary dispute. It is disgraceful that Mark remains suspended and we have no choice but to stand shoulder to shoulder and defy SWR’s callous and distasteful decision.

Therefore, to ensure a swift ballot, membership checks are currently underway. I urge you all to ensure your details are correct in preparation for the ballot. If your job title, address or workplace has recently changed, then please contact the RMT Freephone Helpline number on 0800 376 3706, the RMT switchboard on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk. Additionally, if you are aware of a colleague who has recently moved, changed their contact details, changed their job role or moved workplaces then ask them to contact the union using one of the above contact methods.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary