Thursday, 20 June 2013

Combination of Cleaning Grades-South West Trains







Circular No IR/368/13



To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils



Our Ref: BR2/10/2

20th June 2013



Dear Colleagues




Further to my previous circular on the above matter dated 17thJanuary 2013 (IR/40/13), I can report that negotiations with South West Trains have been on-going, however very little progress has been made in resolving this matter.


Consequently, the General Grades Committee has instructed me to circulate the minutes from last meeting with company to all Branches along the South West Trains line of route. I would be grateful if affected Branches could provide me with their opinions on how to they would like the union to progress this matter.  


I herewith enclose a copy of the relevant section of the minutes and I would be most grateful if you could bring this matter to the attention of your members. 


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary



New Inflation Rates






Head Office Circular No. NP/156/13


To the Secretary all Branches,

Council of Executive members,

Regional Councils and Regional Offices.


Tuesday 18th June 2013



Dear Colleagues,



New Inflation Rates


The Office for National Statistics has just published new inflation figures for the twelve months to May 2013.


The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 3.1% for the year to May 2013, up 0.2% from the 2.9% figure to April2013.


The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) stood at 2.7% for the year to May 2013, up 0.3% from the 2.4% figure to April2013.


According to the ONS, transport costs (particularly motor fuels and air fares) and clothing/ footwear (especially women’s outdoor clothing) rose. And the cost of food (particularly sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate & confectionery, meat and vegetables) dropped.


RMT pay submissions will continue to emphasise that your financial commitments have increased at a greater rate than official inflation and that your living standards are undermined by this disparity.


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

SWT Pay Ballot Result 2012


Our Ref: BR2/0001/SWT


11TH June 2013


Mr Mick Tosh

Regional Organiser


Dear Mick,


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


Referring to our previous correspondence, the referendum has concluded and the result has been considered by the GGC which has taken the following decision:-


That we note the referendum result is as follows:-


Total Votes Cast


Number Voting ‘Yes’


Number Voting ‘No’


Spoilt Papers



We note the referendum result and accordingly instruct the General Secretary to inform the company of our acceptance of the offer. Relevant Branches and Regional Councils to be informed.”


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary



SWT Pay Agreement 2012


Ms Kelly Barlow

South West Trains

Friars Bridge Court

41-45 Blackfriars Road





Our Ref: BR2/0001/SWT


11TH June 2013


Dear Kelly,


Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2012 – South West Trains


I write to advise you that a referendum of our members on the latest pay offer has concluded and I am pleased to inform you that members have voted overwhelmingly to accept it.


I would be most obliged if you could arrange to have the increase and any back monies paid in the next pay packet.


Yours sincerely

Bob Crow

General Secretary



Use of Agency Staff, Booking Office-South West Trains







Circular No IR/345/13


To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils


Our Ref: BR2/13/1


11th June 2013



Dear Colleague




Further to my Circular No IR/229/13 dated the 17th April 2013 with regards to the above matter, I can now advise you that a meeting has been held with our senior union representatives and the matter has again been subject to recent consideration by the General Grades Committee, their decision is as follows:


“Referring to Decision GWW, 26th March 2013, we note the meeting has now taken place and we further note the latest report from our Lead officer regarding Richmond Ticket Office that can be found on file.


Accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to ensure the situation at Richmond Ticket Office continues to be monitored and that a report is placed back before us when ‘full’ normal working resumes or by 6th August 2013 whichever is the earliest.


Relevant Branches and Wessex Regional Council to be advised.”


In accordance with the above, I am now acting on the instructions of the GGC decision and I will, of course, keep you fully advised on any further developments.


Best wishes.

Bob Crow

General Secretary