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FGW Central Region Management Reorganisation

29 August 2012

Update on the recent consultation for the Central Management Reorganisation.

 

Background

The Company rationale behind the proposed changes is to introduce a number of “small alterations” to the management organisation as a result of the introduction of the General Management structure in 2010.

Retail

The following changes to re-align the areas covered by Station Managers and Duty Station Managers were agreed during consultation:

Station Manager Swindon

Lynn Edginton

Changes to stations of responsibility

Station Manager Bath Spa

Pete Rignall

Changes to stations of responsibility

Station Manager Wiltshire

Dave Martin

Unaffected

Station Manager Bristol TM

Glyn Beck

Unaffected

Station Manager N. Somerset

Richard Morrish

Unaffected

Station Manager Bristol PW

Linda Swainger

Unaffected

Station Manager S. Wales

Dave Bailey

Unaffected

Station Manager Glos & Chelt

VACANCY

Advertised on open list

DSM Wilts & Chippenham

Jo Frayling

Identified

DSM Glos & Chelt

VACANCY

Withdrawn

4 x DSM Bristol TM

 

Terry Hubbard Pete Jobson

Tom Bull

VACANCY

Identified

Identified

Identified

Withdrawn

DSM Bath Spa

VACANCY

Advertised on open list

Summary of changes

The responsibility for Gloucester and Cheltenham stations moves from Station Manager Swindon to the proposed post of Station Manager Gloucester and Cheltenham. The responsibility for the station of Chippenham moves from Station Manager Bath Spa to Station Manager Swindon. The vacant role of DSM Gloucester and Cheltenham is withdrawn and replaced by the new role of Station Manager Gloucester and Cheltenham. The vacant role of DSM Bristol TM is withdrawn.

Drivers

The proposed changes for this function have been withdrawn by the Company.

Outcome

As part of the consultation exercise your reps sought your views which formed the basis of our arguments to the Company.

We were pleased that the Company withdrew the proposed changes for the driver management grade and on the back of this we made a strong argument that they withdraw the proposal in its entirety. Unfortunately the Company decided to proceed with the changes to the Retail function.

We were however able to successfully argue that the 3 DSM Bristol TM post-holders should not be displaced and therefore are not obliged to apply for their own roles. This also ensures that the vacant posts will now be advertised on the customary vacancy list. We also agreed that this reorganisation will be reviewed in six months’ time. If you are affected by this reorganisation and you would like the opportunity to discuss any issues at a members meeting during this period please contact your local rep.

Although the agreed outcomes may not meet all of our expectations we were limited by the overall premise that this reorganisation could not result in either a net loss (or gain) of any posts.

We clearly understand that a lot of you across the grades are concerned that these changes are going to be unsettling especially given the large scale changes which are on the horizon.

Next steps

We would like to thank all those of whom who went through the Consultation proposal and provided your feedback. It is vital that given the current climate of uncertainty that we ensure that we hear from as many of you as possible. The best way of doing this is to fill as many of the reps seats as possible of which there are a number across the business in various grades and functions. Please contact your local rep for more information, if you do not have one or you do not know who this please call the Helpdesk on 0800 328 2673.

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