TO ALL MEMBERS AT SOUTH WEST TRAINS

TO ALL MEMBERS AT SOUTH WEST TRAINS

27 March 2017

REFRANCHISING OF SOUTH WEST TRAINS

Our Ref BR2/0025

TO ALL MEMBERS AT SOUTH WEST TRAINS

Dear Colleagues

REFRANCHISING OF SOUTH WEST TRAINS

Many of you will have seen the announcement made today that Stagecoach Group has lost its bid to continue their South West Trains Franchise. A consortium of First and MTR have been awarded the franchise which is due to commence in Summer 2017. MTR is owned by the Chinese State through the Hong Kong Government.

We are obviously deeply concerned at the impact this will have on you and your colleagues and have sought urgent meetings with South West Trains and First MTR. We will be seeking to secure cast iron guarantees over jobs, the role of the guard, terms and conditions as well as the safety and quality of passenger services. The National Executive will shortly be considering the matter and I will keep members fully informed of developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary

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