WORKING ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO PART CLOSURE OF WATERLOO STATION, TRAINCREW – SOUTH WEST TRAINS

Our Ref: BR2/14/2

18th July 2017

Dear Colleague,

WORKING ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO PART CLOSURE OF WATERLOO STATION, TRAINCREW – SOUTH WEST TRAINS

I write further to my previous letter dated 10th July 2017, in relation to the above matter and where I informed you that an urgent meeting had been requested with SWT to try and find a resolution to the totally unacceptable position our Guard and Commercial Guards members would find themselves in.

Your Lead Officer and Guards Company Council met with the company under the Avoidance of Dispute meeting. The unions’ position was put forward to the company and we made it clear that the current situation was not acceptable. As you are aware, no diagrams were likely to be agreed ahead of late July in addition to the Train Schedules already advertised. Your negotiating team expressed our concerns and that you and your colleagues rightly deserved to expect to have these agreements in place for diagrams to ensure sufficient time to organise your work-life balance. We informed the company that the union requires an immediate resolution and for these diagrams  to be restricted in movement and extent where necessary, in line with Winchester Agreements with allocated train working remaining within the agreed rosters.

The company proposed Monday – Friday, Monday – Friday, Monday – Thursday during the blockade period, working turns to remain with rosters and all others restricted to one hour movement and one hour extension. Therefore, the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and has acknowledged that South West Trains have proposed that working turns will remain with the roster and all other agreements as per the Winchester Agreements. The NEC has informed me that these proposals are acceptable and I have now informed SWT that we accept their proposals and that we are no longer in dispute with them over this matter.

I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue should they arise.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary