Thursday, March 3, 2016

Reduction in the Working Week Guards/Commercial Guards– South West Trains







To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils


Circular No IR/049/16


3rd March 2016


Our Ref: BR2/0004



Dear Colleague


Reduction in the Working Week Guards/Commercial Guards– South West Trains


Further to my Circular No IR/304/15 dated the 10th December2015 with regards to the above matter, I can now advise you that a further meeting has been held with our SWT Guards Company Council Representatives and SWT management to discuss the issue of a reduced working week. Following conclusion of these talks, the company acknowledged that a 42 hour working week is no longer viable and needs to be reviewed. Furthermore, it was agreed that additional meetings will be held to discuss the following three items:


• To jointly look at different options for a revised proposal
• Produce stage steps that show how progression of reducing hours may be achieved.
• Keep the deal as simple as possible.


The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who notes the position and has taken the decision to produce suitable material with comparators for our SWT LDC Guard Representatives to help assist in future talks with management.


At the time of writing, I can advise you that the union has received some of these comparators and are currently looking at ways to include the holiday entitlements in the data. Once I have received all of the requested information I will produce the necessary pamphlets for distribution to our affected members.


In the meantime, I would be most grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all your SWT Guard members and I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.


Best wishes.


Mick Cash

General Secretary

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