London Underground Ltd
News, reports and information for RMT members who work for London Underground Ltd
The GMB Union's Sussex branch has passed a motion applauding the RMT efforts to secure Alex Mcguigans reinstatement. The branch has also kindly donated towards a strike fund to provide 'practical support in their efforts to win'.
In response RMT London Transport Region Secretary Eamonn Lynch has written to thank the branch for their support. Eamonn said "We really appreciate the support from your branch and the donation is gladly accepted. I know I speak for Alex when I say the support from RMT members and from comrades across the union movement is not only appreciated but a source of inspiration.
LU wants to start running it’s Friday and Saturday ight-tube service from Sept 2015. With a completely new station staffing model demanding new grades and rosters to be introduced in early 2016 we are faced with months of upheaval. Any sane employer would delay Night Tube until 2016 but no one in LU management will stand up to Boris.
Night Tube presents real problems for all grades and RMT is fighting to ensure that any members affected receive fair compensation from the company.
What Night Tube Means for Us
- Many more nights
The disgraceful treatment of employees continues unabated.
Our cleaners all over the combine are having to contend with bullying and intimidating managers who routinely abuse agreed policies and procedures including;
• Grievances unheard
• pay illegally deducted
• pay slips not provided
• race discrimination
• targeting of RMT trade union reps for their trade union activities.
The new LUL uniform is being trialled until 8th of December at Camden, Oxford Circus, Mile End, Greenford, Perivale, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Acton Town Depot and Edgware Road Depot.
RMT reps on the uniform committee would like to hear your feedback on it. You can email us at email@example.com or give your view on the uniform website at
Attached is done of the responses that have been recieved so far.
Strike action on the Northern Line over the victimisation and sacking of a driver will go ahead from early Monday as planned after ACAS talks broke down last night due to a complete failure of the management side to engage in any serious discussions which could have led to a negotiated settlement.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"The ACAS talks, which RMT had been calling for with the objective of reaching a fair and just settlement in this case, have broken down due to a total refusal of the management side to engage in any kind of meaningful discussions.
Northern Line tube drivers are to take industrial action on Monday morning (December 1st) to demand the reinstatement of Alex Mcguigan who was sacked as a result of a flawed alcohol test. Alex is a type two diabetic, a condition which can quite often result in a false positive test result for alcohol. This is well documented medically and there is also legal precedent supporting his case. Because of this his test ought to have been followed by a confirmation urine test to ascertain whether his illness had in fact influenced the test, resulting in a false positive.
This document from the Trains Functional Council clarifies in brief for train drivers some key issues:
- Approach to dealing with staff errors
- Special leave
- Case conference process
- Odd days and outstanding annual leave
- PTOA ’90-day agreement’ – STA - ratified (that document is here.)
- Level One and TFC minutes
This document is an update to the '90 day agreement' for London Underground train drivers.
Download it in full by clicking 'read more'.
This publication specifies the procedures and agreements that apply to T/Ops wishing to meet short-term and domestic requirements, personal difficulties and emergencies. The aim is to assist T/Ops in resolving short-term difficulties whilst avoiding unnecessary time away from work and possible hardship caused by loss of salary.
Entry to the post of LU T/Op is to a full-time job that requires the ability to work varying shifts
EXTENDED LEAF FALL SEASON & BOXING DAY – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/7/2)
Further to previous Circular No. IR/303/14, 17th November 2014, members will recall the GGC decision to ballot our Test Train Operator members, in unison with ASLEF, over a failure to agree in relation to reward and recognition for Boxing Day working and Sandite overtime. I can now advise that the ballot papers will be posted out to affected members on Tuesday 25th November and the closing date for this ballot is Tuesday 9th December 2014.
I will keep you advised of all developments.
DISMISSAL – A. MCGUIGAN – TRAIN OPERATOR – MORDEN, LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/4/1)
Further to previous Circular No. IR/282/14, 23rd October 2014, the ballot has concluded and the result is as follows:-
Question: Are you prepared to take strike action?
Total Votes Cast… 58
Number Voting ‘Yes’… 45
Number Voting ‘No’… 13
Spoilt Papers… 0