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From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
I write to update you on the situation within LUL following our decision to suspend further industrial action last month.
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Johnson steps up the ante - Piccadilly line to be "driver free" by 2016
Ticket offices actually account for 20% of tickets sold, not 3% as Cameron and LUL want us to believe
Tubelines staff at Northfields DT to be balloted
Cleaners to ballot over fingerprinting issue
I attended the first meeting of the newly-convened APC Forum last week and whilst awaiting the draft minutes to be sent out from the meeting, just wanted to give our members and reps a preliminary report on what was discussed at this meeting and the current RMT position on a number of important issues. Our newly-appointed delegation consisted of me representing Stations, Dean O' Hanlon representing Trains, and Neil Atkinson representing Engineering Grades.
Transport union RMT today threw its full support behind calls from Ian Lavery MP for an open and public inquiry into the state involvement in the miners strike 30 years ago which fitted up and framed individual mineworkers and their supporters in a top level campaign to break entire working class communities.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said,
Tube Lines depot staff to be balloted for strike action over abuse of procedures
Tube union RMT confirmed today that it will begin balloting Tube Lines members at Northfields Depot for both strike action and action short of a strike later this week in a dispute over the wholesale abuse of agreements and procedures.
Among the catalogue of complaints tabled by the union are;
- abuse of the agreed Sickness and Attendance Agreements and Procedures
- denying members the right to access the grievance procedure
- withholding members’ sick pay
Ahead of this ballot, we have organised a meeting of members to discuss this dispute and you are all invited to attend to have your say on this important issue.
ISS LONDON UNDERGROUND
BIOMETRIC / FINGERPRINTING TO BOOK ON FOR DUTY
Thursday 6th March 2014 at 2.30pm
Thompsons Conference Suite
The TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS
In attendance, RMT Executive member and Assistant General Secretary
Please check in at TUC Reception where you will be directed to the 6th floor meeting room
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
I wrote to you last week concerning our dispute with ISS over their planned introduction of Fingerprinting technology to book on for duty. We see this technology as an invasion of your civil liberties and a threat to your jobs. It now appears that management are planning to impose this new Biometric fingerprinting process from early March 2014 so your union’s executive has considered this matter further and decided to call a ballot of all members for strike action. Preparations are under way to hold this ballot in the near future.
As TfL figures show an increase in sales at Tube ticket offices, we wonder why the plan to cut 953 jobs, and close them all down?
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Further to my previous correspondence, I would like to congratulate you for supporting your union and taking industrial action, in defence of your pension. This attack on your pension is clearly intolerable and represents the future strategy of TfL management and is a threat to all members in the pension fund regardless of company or grade.
In order to put pressure on the company your Executive committee after consulting with your representatives has decided to call the following industrial action:-