Circular No: IR/603/11
Our Ref: BR2/0001/SWT
13th December 2011
TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS AND REGIONAL OFFICES
RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2011 – SOUTH WEST TRAINS
In line with Union policy, a claim was submitted to the Company for a substantial increase in rates of pay and improvements to conditions of service. An initial meeting between the RMT negotiating team and the Company was held, where an offer of a 3% increase was tabled and immediately rejected.
Following further long discussions with the Company, a ‘full and final’ offer of a 41/4% increase was tabled, dependent upon the Union giving an undertaking of ‘business as usual’ during the 2012 Olympic Games. The Company Council viewed this offer as totally unacceptable and recommended that a ballot for industrial action be conducted.
The General Grades Committee considered the matter and made the decision to prepare a ballot of affected members at South West Trains and also to arrange a meeting at Unity House to discuss Guards’ hours and pay.
The Company then advised that, having further considered its position, it is prepared to improve upon previous offers and the following offer was tabled:-
- A 4.75% increase to basic rates of pay (excluding allowances), effective 3rd October 2011. This offer applies to all grade groups covered by SWT Procedure Agreement 1 but excludes Driver and Depot Drivers grades which are covered under a separate pay review.
- A Joint Working Group to be set up to discuss Guards’ terms and conditions.
- The offer is on the proviso that the Union gives an undertaking that it will be ‘business as usual’ during the course of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The General Grades Committee has considered this matter and taken the following decision:-
“That we note the report from our Lead Officer and the correspondence from South West Trains on file.
Therefore we instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting at Unity House to discuss this matter further.
In attendance should be the Assistant General Secretary, the Regional Organiser, members of the General Grades Committee and the full SWT Company Council.
Relevant Branches and Regional Council to be informed.”
I am currently acting in accordance with the above decision and will keep you informed of all developments.