Our Ref: B/8/2

24 July 2019


Dear colleague


I previously advised you of a National Executive Committee decision instructing you to take strike action on Saturday 27th July 2019. Since that instruction was issued, a series of intense negotiations have taken place between your union and the company. During these negotiations, the following position was reached and proposed:

Mixture of routes within an individual driving duty
The company has committed to an ongoing review of such duties to reduce them in number in future service changes.

Travel payment for duties that finish in a different location than the booking on location
It was agreed that the current £1.78 per duty payment would increase to £2.63, which equates to 15 minutes pay on the current rate £10.50 per hour.

Maximum driving time
The company has agreed to reduce the maximum driving time from 5 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours 15 minutes. This is the first in what will be an ongoing review to hopefully reduce them to our members’ aspiration of 4 hours 30 minutes.

There were other issues raised with the company during these negotiations and it was agreed that such matters would be discussed between your Torbay Roster Committee and the local line management. It was also proposed that a three month review be undertaken of all matters which had been subject to this dispute.

Your negotiators recommended to the NEC that the strike which had been scheduled for this Saturday (27th July 2019) be suspended as the above represented sufficient progress had been achieved in this dispute. This was endorsed by your NEC and you are therefore instructed to work normally on 27th July 2019.

You and your colleagues in Torbay have shown great patience throughout this dispute and I would like to thank you for showing magnificent support for your union during this process. Without this solidarity, management would have continued to produce rosters which were not conducive to healthy working arrangements or represent a good work/life balance.

I will of course keep you advised as to all further developments in this matter, but, in the meantime, can I thank you again for your support.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary