Our Ref BR2/0146
Circular No IR/157/16
3rd June 2016
TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS AND REGIONAL OFFICES
DRIVER ONLY OPERATION – DEFENDING THE ROLE OF THE GUARD
Further to my recent circular IR/149/16 25th May 2016, branches will be aware that we have organised a national meeting on Thursday 16th June 2016 to discuss our Campaign against Driver Only Operation in defence of the safety role of the guard. The purpose of the meeting is for National Officers and Executive members to discuss and understand the view of reps and individual members from each Franchise as regards DOO and this will inform how we conduct this vital campaign.
I ask Branches to encourage as many Guard and Driver members as possible to attend as we want as wide a spectrum of contributions ideally from every Train Operating Company which operates services where guards retain a safety role. As stated in my previous circular, this meeting is considered a legitimate expense and Branches and Regional Councils can reimburse attendees from their funds.
At the end of the meeting delegates and representatives will be able to take away campaigning materials including leaflet, campaign badges, T shirts, postcards to take back to your depots. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and I ask attendees to arrive from 1045 to ensure a prompt 1100 start.
Please find enclosed a copy of the agenda for the meeting including directions to Conway Hall.