Thursday, August 28, 2014

Keep the Guard on the Train, Keep the Train Safe - Badges







Please Respond


Circular No IR/220/14



To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils



Our Ref: BR2/0317

28th August 2014



Dear Colleagues




The following resolution was adopted at this year’s Annual General Meeting:-


 “This Branch has noticed in the last few weeks that many train companies are asking staff members to remove the RMT keep the Guard on the train, keep the guard safe badges using many excuses for them to be removed. Some of our members have been threatened with disciplinary action by managers if they don’t remove them.


Train companies have uniform policies which include one union badge. We believe that any company that are asking our members to remove them constitutes anti-union intimidation and harassment.


We ask this AGM to instruct the General Secretary to write to all train operating companies requesting their views on this badge and the reasons why, if they have banned them, also asking for commitment to keep the Guard on every train.”


The General Grades Committee has now had the opportunity to consider this matter and has instructed me to write to all Branches and Regional Councils seeking examples of RMT members who have been threatened and/or disciplined for wearing official RMT badges.


I would be most grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all your members and I will keep you advised of any developments.


Yours sincerely

Mick Cash

Acting General Secretary

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