31 March 2016
Our Ref: BR2/0146
31st March 2016
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Further to my personal letter dated 22nd March 2016 headed ‘Restructuring of On-Board Staff – Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) the National Executive Committee has re-addressed this issue as they felt the issues and dispute needed clarification.
They have decided to rename the dispute to better reflect the issues. They have also clarified the issues on which members are to be balloted and I have advised management accordingly. We have to be very careful when setting out disputes so as not to fall foul of the anti-Trade Union legislation. It is hoped that this clarification will do just that.
The three issues on which you and your fellow Conductors and Conductor Instructor members are to be balloted are:-
• No extension of DOO
• No Introduction of the new role of On-Board Supervisor
• No Conductor Redundancies.
No Extension of DOO
This is a long standing policy of the RMT. This Union believes that it is safer to have a conductor on the train and that you should retain your safety role. The company intend to extend DOO from July 2016 across most of the Southern Network.
No Introduction of the new role of On-Board Supervisor
Southern intends to create new on-board train roles within Southern. Many of you have years of experience of both safety critical work and dealing with the public and these responsibilities are being diluted. It is shameful to treat you and your colleagues this way. The Union is insisting your current role of Conductor be maintained. On-Board Supervisors will have no safety critical responsibilities or door control.
No Conductor Redundancies
The introduction of the new grade will, in effect, mean that approximately 300 conductors will be forced into the new role of On-Board Supervisor or made redundant. This is totally unacceptable. Forcing you and your colleagues into this new grade is, in effect, making you redundant in your current role.
Our Conductors and Conductor Instructor members have told us they have had enough. You have given loyal and professional service to the company and are being rewarded by being forced into a new grade, having your role and responsibility reduced and your hard earned terms and conditions attacked.
Ballot papers will be sent out by the ERS on Wednesday 6th April and the ballot will close on Tuesday 19th April 2016. If you have not received your voting paper by Monday 11th April 2016 please phone the Industrial Relations Department on 020 7387 4771 or the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 for a replacement.
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