National Organiser Andy Reed accuses First Great Western of ‘draconian’ policy on SMD's

13 October 2006

National Organiser Andy Reed today accused First Great Western of operating a ‘draconian’ policy on Specially Monitored Drivers (SMDs). He said the company operated policies that were ‘more akin to the nineteenth than the twenty-first century.’

 

Andy charged the company with 'arrogance' as he said, 'First Great Western has not taken the logical step, adopted by other companies, of sitting down with ASLEF to discuss a way forward on this important issue.

 

'Drivers are being placed under undue stress due to management's intransigent attitude. It is time that FGW got into the real world - and began to negotiate with the union in a civilised and reasonable manner.'

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