Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Travel Facilities -Rail Gourmet







Circular No IR/486/13



To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils



Our Ref: HC/12/1

22nd August 2013



Dear Colleagues




Further to my previous circular on the above matter dated 5thApril 2013 (IR/205/13), in which, I advised you that the union was pursuing travel facilities for our Rail Gourmet members. I can now report that I have received a response from Rail Gourmet on this matter.


The company state that they want travel facilities for all staff;however they are not able to implement this as the costs would be too prohibitive. Rail Gourmet has also indicated that if they incorporated travel facilities into future and existing contracts then it would make them uncompetitive in the tendering process.


The General Grades Committee has had opportunity to consider this matter and has instructed me to continue to progress this matter with Rail Gourmet and the Train Operating Companies.The General Grades Committee has also reiterated the union’s policy that all agency ancillary workers should be brought back in-house.  


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary



Reduction in Working Hours for Guards (SWT)





Reduction in Working Hours for Guards



The current situation regarding Guards hours is somewhat frustrating.


This year began positively enough with a meeting taking place on 7th January where we discussed the principles of moving towards a 35 hour week.


We created two small sub groups to look at finance and changes to working arrangements which would assist in achieving the reduction in hours without commitment. We believed this would lead to the Guards considering an offer on reduction of hours by the autumn, indeed the management agreed we should have a timetable to being able to bring the matter back to Company Council for consideration by May.


Using every best effort to encourage SWT to progress this matter we have faced a series of cancelled meetings and a number of reasons for not continuing the talks to achieve this goal.


We have a full Company Council meeting this month and we will push for these discussions to restart. The success of our progress will ultimately be, in your hands. Should the progress continue to be delayed, ignored or sidelined we will consult with you, our members on the best way forward.


Yours Fraternally,





Mick Tosh 

RMT Regional Organiser Wessex

Tel : 07900 877720

Email: m.tosh@rmt.org.uk  






Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Branch Meeting Cancelled

Hi All

To advise that due to unfortunate circumstances and reasons beyond our control the Branch Meeting on Thursday 22nd August 2013 has had to be cancelled, i have re-arranged the meeting and this will now take place on the 29th August 2013, at 14-45, posters advertising this will be sent out shortly.

On behalf of myself and the Branch Officials we would like to apologise for the cancellation of the meeting.

I have attached a letter outlining the above



Rickey Goodman

Rickey Goodman
Waterloo Branch Secretary