To all London Underground Members
Joint communication from RMT and TSSA – Friday 12th September 2014
On Thursday 11th September a delegation comprising both Mick Cash (RMT) and Manuel Cortes (TSSA) at General Secretary level, and including both full time union officers John Leach and Wayne Geoghegan, met with senior LUL management representatives, Phil Hufton and Jean Cockerill.
Please download and distribute the latest SFC newsletter.
This newsletter includes a response to the COO's attack on our union that was issued on the LU intranet.
Wearing my LTRC Political Officer hat I invite all RMT members to the next meeting of RMT Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition (TUSC).
The meeting will be on Mon 15 Sept at 16:00hrs at The Exmouth Arms, Starcross St (Euston).
We will be discussing plans for the next general election and planning a public meeting in November with a speaker from the US Socialist Alternative who has been elected to the Seattle City authority as part of a mass camping of unionisation of fast food workers.
NOEL ROBERTS – 26 YEARS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND
SACKED BY LUL DESPITE BEING FULLY FIT FOR WORK
• LUL say Noel is fit for ALL duties
• Occupational health say Noel is fit for work
• His GP says Noel is fit for work
• His consultant says Noel is fit for work
• Even the GSM at East Ham says Noel is fit for work
• Everyone agrees Noel is fit for work – So why has he been sacked?
The London Transport Region will be running a coach to attend the National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC in Liverpool to fight austerity cuts and to build for coordinated strike action on October 14th.
The coach will leave from outside the British Library, Euston Road, King X at 0730 hours Sunday 7th September. The coach will leave Liverpool to return to London at 1700 hours. There is no charge for RMT members and family, £10 for non RMT.
To book a place phone Carol Foster on 0750 874 4037
DEMO SUPPORT LONDON BUS DRIVERS
Taxi union RMT reaction to news that German courts have banned the Uber App.
Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary, said
“This is an important and significant development. The undermining of the Private Hire Laws by apps such as Uber is just another attempt to casualise and weaken the professional and safe licensed taxi trade and the long-established regulations around the right to ply for hire, coming after the exposure of the illegal ranks around London and the drive to destroy the airport services.
Industrial Action Suspended
Our Ref LUL/14/5
2nd September 2014
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS AT LONDON UNDERGROUND
INDUSTRIAL ACTION SUSPENDED!
Every Job Matters – Defending Jobs on London Underground
- Alex was the subject of a random D&A test on June 17th which returned a positive result for alcohol in the breath. This was despite Alex complying with LUL guidelines on alcohol consumption.
- Alex informed the tester that he suffers from type 2 diabetes and is prescribed Metformin to manage the condition. It is a matter of fact that sufferers of type 2 diabetes can give false positive readings.
- Alex hadn't eaten any food for 19 hours before the test. It is a matter of fact that people fasting, or on certain diets, can give false positive readings.
A letter sent by LU to TSSA and copied to RMT states that the CSM development events will not be used to determine grade or location.
This in no way legitimises the development events which are a key step towards implementation of LU's plans.
The fact that the company now accepts that the events will not influence the location that current supervisors will be asked to work in should give more confidence to RMT members to follow our industrial action and refuse to attend development evets from 3 Sept.
Please download and distribute the latest Station Functional Council News from Fit for the Future talks.
Talks over Fit for the Future plans have ground to a halt. Your union has done everything we can to talk constructively to the company about how we can avoid draconian job cuts, ridiculous displacements and the mass downgrading of members working in station grades.
LU’s response has been to ignore your concerns and impose implement-ation of their plans.
Not one job has been restored leaving stations with nowhere near enough staff to assist on POMs or run stations safely.