12 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT confirms vote for action on Greater Anglia over threat to Guards
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on Greater Anglia have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike over the potential extension of Driver Only Operation, and the clear threat to passenger safety, following the company's continuing refusal to give a guarantee on the role of the guard throughout the length of the franchise.
RMT has balloted both drivers and guards members and over 200 Greater Anglia guards, on a whopping 90% turn out, have voted by a massive nine to one for strike action. The drivers vote was two to one for action on a 75% turn out.
Despite repeated efforts by RMT in both face to face meetings and correspondence Abellio have failed to provide union reps with the assurances they had been seeking with respect to the role and responsibilities of the guards now and for the length of the current Greater Anglia franchise.
That failure left RMT with no option but to serve notice on the company and press ahead with the balloting process for Greater Anglia Guards members. That ballot has now concluded and has returned a vote of The result will now be considered by RMT's executive who will decide on the next steps in the dispute.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services. They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety.
"Our members have now voted by massive majorities for action and it's now down to the company to wake up and take note and to seize the opportunity to give us the very simple assurances on the future of the guards, and the guarantee of a second safety critical member of staff on current services.
“The union remains available for further talks around the crucial issue of the guard guarantee.”