Monday, October 27, 2014

South West Trains Pay Talks (2014) Update

There is not a great deal to report on from the meeting we had with the Company, we was briefed on how the economy is still weak, and that the talks that we will have with them will be challenging, we didn't respond to this, all 3 Trade Unions spoke on their respective pay submissions and the company have advised that they will respond accordingly.

The RMT will always campaign for a reduction in the working week for all grades that the RMT represents and forms part of the pay submission.

To advise that no % pay offer was presented by the company! and that further talks will take place with the next meeting scheduled for the 17th November 2014...

We will update you further as these talks progress...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Inflation rates

Head Office Circular No. NP/185/14

To the Secretary all Branches,
Council of Executive members,
Regional Councils and Regional Offices.

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Dear Colleagues,

New Inflation Rates

The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to August.

The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 2.4% for the year toAugust 2014, down from 2.5% for the year to July 2014.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPIstood at 1.5% for the year to August 2014, down from 1.6% for the year to July 2014.

Further information will follow in the Pay Bulletin presently.

Yours sincerely,

Mick Cash
Acting General Secretary

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Keep the Guard on the Train , keep the 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 theGuard 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 Branchesand 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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Changes to a Rail Staff Travel Concessions - 12 Months Trial







Circular No IR/213/14



To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils



Our Ref: BR1/12/2

21st August 2014



Dear Colleagues




I am pleased to bring to your attention an important change to the calculation of privilege fares for eligible railway staff which is to be trialled for a 12 month period from this September. The discount available for eligible rail staff, known as the "Priv" rate has been set at 75% of the full-price fare ever since it was established under British Rail and subsequently incorporated into the Rail Staff Travel Scheme when this was set up. Using the current fare names, this means the Anytime Fare is used to calculate the "Priv" fare.


On and from 7th September 2014 (date of sale), a 12 months' trial is to commence and the fare on which a "Priv" fare is to be calculated is being expanded to include day and period walk-up off-peak fares (including super off-peak fares). The time restrictions applying to these tickets will also apply to the "Priv" discounted ticket. "Priv" fares continue to be available at ticket offices and on train (if the ticket office is not open on at the departure station).


However, the following fares are not covered under this trial:-


Advance Purchase fares
Season Tickets
Any fares that include a London Travelcard
Non-safeguarded (i.e. TOC staff only) any fares that include London Underground zone fares unless making a through-London journey.


This new "Priv" rate fare will be available for leisure travel by:-


Safeguarded staff using their Staff Travel Card (no need to date a box).
Non-safeguarded staff using the TOC Privilege Car
FIP card holders will also now be eligible for discounts on the additional fare types at their prevailing discount rate - typically 50%.


Two examples of the new discounts are shown below (standard class return journey):-


1. Carmarthen to Abergavenny


Current situation


£38.40 Fare available to the public for this journey (Off-Peak Return).

£17.20 "Priv" fare- based on "Anytime" fares


From 7th September 2014


£38.40 Fare available to the public for this journey (Off-Peak Return).

£9.60 New "Priv'' fare based on "Off-Peak" fares


Reduction in "Priv'' fare of £7.60 (44%)


2. London to Manchester


Current situation


£79.70 Fare available to the public for this journey (Off-Peak Return)

£80.25 "Priv'' fare- based on "Anytime" fares


From 7th September 2014


£79.70 Fare available to the public for this journey  (Off-Peak Return)

£19.95 New "Priv" fare based on "Off-Peak" fares


Reduction in "Priv'' fare of £60.30 (75%)


I would be most grateful if you could bring this matter to the attention of your members.


Yours sincerely

Mick Cash

Acting General Secretary



Monday, March 31, 2014

No 2 EU

To: All Branches, Regional Councils and Regional Organisers

31st March 2014
Circular No. NP064/14

Dear Colleague


RMT is participating in the NO2EU – YES TO WORKERS’ RIGHTS election campaign this coming May. As you know Bob saw this campaign as essential to highlighting the anti-worker drive of the European Union.

At a time when the European Union is attacking workers rights and developing legislation to underpin transport privatisation, it is more important than ever to support this campaign.

Donations to NO2EU can be made from branch political funds, and I strongly urge all branches to contribute.

The campaign was successfully launched at the TUC Congress, regional committees have beenset up to carry it forward, and leaflets and a party political broadcast are being produced. All this requires finances and the active support of branches.

Cheques can be made out to NO2EU and sent to Unity House. Bank transfer details are below.

Account number: 20222295
Sort code: 08-60-01

The campaign against the EU’s anti-worker agenda has been part of the union agenda for some years, and needs your help to continue.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
Acting General Secretary

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bro M Cash Acting General Secretary







To: All Branches and Regional Councils




Circular No MF/40/14


03 April 2014



Dear colleagues





Consequent upon the sad and untimely death of General Secretary, Bob Crow, it was necessary for the Council of Executives to appoint an Acting General Secretary.


Following a meeting of the Full Council of Executives on 27thMarch 2014, the following decision was reached:


“That arising from the unfortunate death of Bro. R. Crow our General Secretary, this Council of Executives appoints Bro. M. Cash as Acting General Secretary until theappointment of a new General Secretary.


That this Council of Executives instructs the Acting General Secretary to put in place the election process for the General Secretary position.”


I should be grateful if you would bring this matter to the attention of your members.


Yours sincerely






Mick Cash

Acting General Secretary

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bob Crow-Book of Condolence


12th March 2014



Dear Colleague,


Bob Crow – Book of Condolence


I am writing to let you know that a Book of Condolence for Bob Crow has been set up in the reception at Unity House, in addition, there will be a Book of Condolence opened at each of RMT’s Regional Offices.


If you would prefer to leave a message on-line we have opened up a secure facility via the RMT website which you can reach through the link below.


Yours sincerely,



Mick Cash

Senior Assistant General Secretary



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bob Crow



Dear Colleague,




It is with the deepest regret  that RMT has to confirm that our General Secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.


The union’s offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course. The media have been asked to respect the privacy of Bob’s friends and family at this difficult and distressing time.         




The information contained in this message is confidential and is intended for the addressee only. If you have received this message in error, or if there are any problems, please notify the originator immediately.  The unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this message is strictly forbidden.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RMT mail Update

Dear RMT Mail user,


Many of you will have noticed the recent difficulties in trying to access your RMT Mail accounts.


The problems have been caused because accounts have been hacked and then used to launch spam email attacks which, in turn, have caused the Amazon cloud server that hosted the site to become compromised and the data upon it being lost.


Sadly, therefore, we have made the reluctant decision to terminate this service with immediate effect. We apologise profusely for the inconvenience that this will cause.


Andrew Brattle

RMT Web Editor

020 7529 8880

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Zero Tolerance Campaign: Fighting Homophobia




          My ref:EO/31

12 February 2014

Circular No. NP/035/14









Dear Colleague,




Please find enclosed some copies of the FightingHomophobia poster.  A wrist band has been produced to accompany the campaign and a couple are also enclosed.


This opportunity can be taken to remind all members that anobject of the Union is to oppose actively all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination.  The poster provides a simple symbol for our zero tolerance to discrimination.


As part of supporting our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender members, any LGBT member who wishes to be more actively involved in the union are encouraged to attend the short course at our Doncaster Education Centre on 28-29 March 2014.


All members who are interested in the broad issue of equalities are welcome to attend the Equalities course on 10-14 March 2014. It would be of particular benefit to members who are considering becoming Equality Reps for their Branch or workplace.


Should you have any comments or require more copies,please do contact the Equal Opportunities Officer, Jess Webb (


Yours sincerely,

General Secretary




Annual Leave Cover-Wessex Regional Organiser.







To: All Branches in the Wessex Regional Council and the Wessex Regional Council




Circular No MF/23/14


13 February 2014



Dear colleague


Annual Leave Cover – Wessex Regional Organiser, Bro. M. Tosh


Please be advised that the Wessex Regional Organiser, Mick Tosh will be on annual leave during the following periods:


Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th May 2014 inclusive


Wednesday 18th to Thursday 19th June 2014 inclusive


Monday 21st July 2014


Wednesday 20th to Thursday 28th August 2014 inclusive


Monday 10th to Sunday 16th November 2014 inclusive


Relief Regional Organiser (South), Peter Skellywill becovering Bro. Tosh’s duties during this period and can be contacted on 07920 724 862 or by


Yours sincerely



Bob Crow

General Secretary




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2013 - South West Trains

Circular No: IR/693/13

Our Ref: BR2/0001/SWT; BR2/0001/IL; BR2/0001/CC; BR2/0001/ATW

27th November 2013




South West Trains (BR2/0001/SWT)
Island Line (BR2/0001/IL)
Cross Country (BR2/0001/CC)
Arriva Trains Wales (BR2/0001/ATW)

Dear colleague,

Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2013 – South West Trains

In line with Union Policy, a pay claim for an increase in pay and improved terms and conditions has been submitted. The Regional Organiser has met with the company and the following offer has been made:-

· A one-year offer of 3% on basic rates of pay or £600, whichever is greater, effective from 7th October 2013.

· London & South East Allowances will remain at the current rates.

The pay offer also includes the former DB Schenker staff transferred to SWT in September 2013. These grades will, receive a pro rata percentage increase relating to the date of their 2014 pay anniversary date (1st January 2014 for Engineering team members, 1st April 2014 for Fitters & OTMs and 1st July 2014 for FAMS assistants).

The next pay review for these grades would then align with other SWT grades in October 2014

The offer is the subject of a referendum which opened on Tuesday 26th November and it closes on Thursday 17th December. If you have any South West Trains members in your branch and they do not receive their voting paper, please ask them to ring the helpline or alternatively, email

Yours sincerely

Bob Crow
General Secretary

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sunday Arrangements, Guards - South West Trains







Circular No IR/683/13



To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils



Our Ref: BR2/7/1

21st November 2013



Dear Colleagues




Further to my previous circular on the above matter dated 12thSeptember 2013 (IR/535/13), in which I advised you that I had received a resolution from our Wimbledon Branch, informing me that South West Trains were attempting to arbitrarily alter theagreed Sunday Leave Arrangements.


I can now confirm that the company has informed me that it is not their intention to change the Sunday Working Agreement and that the abrogation of the Agreement was down to the actions of one manager. The manager in question has now been advised that he was wrong and the agreed arrangements are now being honoured.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members at Wimbledon for bringing this matter to my attention. I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter.


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary