6 March 2015
As you will no doubt be aware, the current Northern Rail franchise which is currently operated by Serco-Abellio will expire on 31 March 2016 with the new franchise beginning on 1 April 2016. Additionally, the Department of Transport has announced that Serco-Abellio will not be allowed to bid for the new franchise, although Abellio has been shortlisted independently of Serco as Abellio Northern Ltd. Therefore, in 2016 you will have a new employer.
Negotiations are currently on-going to ensure that the transition to the new franchise is as smooth as possible. Also in the run up to the change of franchise your union will step up our campaigns, especially against Driver Only Operated Trains and keeping all Ticket Offices open and all Stations staffed.
The next 10 months are likely to be very busy for your union, therefore it is vital that if you move or change job/workplace that you notify RMT of these changes. This will ensure that your union can fully represent your best interests and RMT can make sure that you are including in any forthcoming elections/referenda/ballots.
To assist the union in keeping accurate membership records, I would be most grateful if you could speak to one of your local RMT representatives to make sure that our records are all correct. You can also check and change your details securely online by accessing the members' area of the RMT website www.rmt.org.uk/members