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Role of the guard & introduction of DOO – Merseyrail


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Role of the guard & introduction of DOO – Merseyrail
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date
11 October 2019
source RMT
type Letter

note Our Ref: BR2/0146


Dear Colleague,

ROLE OF THE GUARD & INTRODUCTION OF DOO – MERSEYRAIL

As you are aware, our lead officer and union representatives have been in meetings with Merseytravel and Merseyrail on the issue of retaining a Safety Critical Guard on the Merseyrail network. Following these discussions a meeting was held at Unity House and was attended by your company council reps, the lead officer, members of the NEC and national officers. The union’s negotiating team provided detailed feedback and a full, frank and honest discussion was held on the various workshops, meetings and options available.

Our discussions with Merseyrail on the Role of the Guard have been ongoing and your negotiating team have continued to attempt to carry out the instructions of the NEC, reporting back in detail at all key points in what has been a drawn out negotiating process at ACAS.

The NEC has once again placed on record its gratitude for the hard work and efforts of the negotiating team throughout this process in challenging and often difficult talks. The union’s preferred method of operation is ‘Option 3’ which was approved and agreed by all parties as a safe method of dispatch on Merseyrail. However, the local authority rejected this option as it requires an additional 3 second dwell time and one extra train, with the local authority claiming that this will come at a cost of £94.5million. However, the union believes that ‘Option 8’ is not viable and does not meet the aspirations of you and your colleagues, with the union keen to pursue Option 3. As always the union is readily available for talks and the company has been advised that the union is available to enter into an avoidance of disputes meeting to discuss these options and this dispute. This meeting has now been arranged and will take place today (Friday 11th October) at 3:30pm, where we will keep you updated on further developments.

Option 3, Option 8, the costings and risk assessments that were all discussed during these meetings can be found here:-

Therefore, to focus the minds of management and to guarantee a safe and secure railway the National Executive Committee is instructing all Merseyrail Guard, Guard Standard Managers and Train Drivers not to book on for any shifts that commence between: -

00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 2nd November 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 9th November 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 30th November 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 7th December 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 14th December 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 21st December 2019
00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 28th December 2019

Additionally, members are instructed not to work any overtime or rest days, from 00.01 hours on Sunday 3rd November 2019, until further notice.

NB: To comply with legal advice the overtime ban and rest day working ban is suspended for the duration of the strikes but will commence again immediately after each strike ends and continuously from 00.01 hours on Sunday 29th December 2019.

Additionally, there has been two mass meetings arranged and I would encourage all members to attend at least one of these meetings, the details of the meetings are as follows:-

Meeting One

12:00
Sunday 20th October 2019
Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh St, Liverpool L3 5UL

Meeting Two

12:00
Sunday 27th October 2019
Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh St, Liverpool L3 5UL

Once again I would like to thank you all for your continued support for your union throughout this dispute and urge you to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues on the days of action. Management must be left in no doubt that we will do everything to ensure a safe and secure railway and will not allow the Safety Critical Role of the Guard be decimated by a company putting profit before safety. The Role of the Guard must be defended!

NO TO DOO!
SUPPORT THE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary


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