Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ballot For Strike Action-SWT Guards Free Day Payments

Circular No IR/169/10


Our Ref: BR2/7/6

17th June 2010

Dear Colleagues


Further to my Circular dated the 29th April 2010 with regards to the above matter. As you may recall, the ballot for industrial action was suspended to allow further negotiations to take place within the agreed bargaining procedures. Urgent meetings were held between the company and Company Council Representatives and no resolve was reached.

In February 1999 South West Trains gave a commitment that Guards working a free day would be paid time plus one half Monday to Friday and time plus three quarters Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. The company has now imposed a substandard payment for free day working without a negotiated agreement with this Union.

Therefore, the matter has been placed back before the General Grades Committee and they have taken the decision to re-ballot our Guard members for industrial action short of a strike. In line with the GGC decision, I have now arranged for all our Guard members employed by South West Trains to be balloted for industrial action short of a strike. Ballot papers will be dispatched to all affected members home address on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 and the ballot will close on Wednesday 7th July 2010.

I should be pleased if you could bring this Circular to the attention of all your SWT Guard members and ask that they contact the Union’s Helpline on 0800 376 3706 if they have not received their voting paper by Wednesday 30th June 2010.

Best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Bob Crow
General Secretary

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