London Underground Ltd
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- 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.
Since announcing an overtime ban and preparation for further strike action, the media have once again been focusing on tube bosses and Tory Mayor Boris Johnson's plan to cut £4.2 billion pounds from the tube, and the RMT fight to stop it.
BBC News - Tube strike: London Underground workers to ban overtime
The latest industrial action by London Underground (LU) workers over the dispute about plans to close all ticket offices and cut 960 jobs has been announced.
CROSS LINE WORKING – TRAIN OPERATORS – PICCADILLY LINE, LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/1)
A report has been received from the Lead Officer concerning the Company’s plans to run a service at Ealing Broadway over the Christmas period using Piccadilly Line staff during a period of engineering work. This does not constitute a service emergency and therefore amounts to cross line working which is in breach of our agreements for Train Operators.
I have received a report from the Regional Organiser over a dispute affecting Drivers on the Central Line. This dispute originally arose last year over a number of health and safety and industrial concerns. Management had been breaching their own policies and guidelines on numerous occasions They had also failed to complete agreed actions in a timely manner and an institutionalised reluctance to engage in meaningful talks on serious safety concerns.
- ISS members balloted for action
- Many cleaners, including reps locked out
- Cleaners expected to book on in rat infested cupboards
Branches will be aware that ISS imposed a Biometric booking on system back in July without our agreement despite the clear and overwhelming objection of their own staff. We have been in dispute ISS for over a year because we firmly believe this system is a breach of your civil liberties. It is not acceptable for an employer to force staff to give their Biometric “fingerprint” data to allow them to work their shift.
- With effect from 00.01 hours Wednesday 3rd September 2014, until further notice, all station staff and station supervisors are instructed not to work any overtime
- With effect from 00.01 hours Wednesday 3rd September 2014, until further notice, all Station Supervisors members are instructed not to participate in development courses and assessments at the Development centres.
CROSS LINE WORKING – TRAIN OPERATORS – PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND
That we note the report on file advising that LUL are now in breach of previous agreements.
Accordingly we instruct the Acting General Secretary to inform the Company that we are in dispute, also to prepare a ballot for strike action and short of strike action of our affected members.
In addition, all reps are instructed not to cooperate with any work to facilitate the proposals, plus all relevant branches to be consulted on possibility of strike action should management not withdraw their proposals.
- Indefinite overtime ban begins 00:01 on 3rd September
- Supervisors instructed not to attend development course from 00:01 on 3rd September
- Prepare for strike in near future
‘That we note a meeting of our London Underground members took place on Friday 22nd August 2014 to discuss the latest developments in the campaign to fight against job cuts, the closure of ticket offices and pushing back austerity measures on London Underground.
Attached is London Underground's Drugs & Alcohol Policy dated 7th April 2003
- Alex McGuigan dismissal unfair
- Testing flawed
- RMT demands justice now
Alex Mcguigan has been dismissed for failing a breathalyser test. The RMT believe that this dismissal is a travesty of justice.
At first glance many may feel that a failure to adhere to LUL's drugs and alcohol policy would rightly lead to dismissal, however we have clear evidence that shows there is no proof to support the allegation that Alex broke the policy. We outlined three major medical points in his defence, all of which LUOH conceded being possible proof of a false positive being shown on the breathalyser.