For the latest on our fight against job cuts on London Underground go to our campaign Every Job Matters .
Attached is a leaflet for London Underground Duty station staff urging them to vote YES in RMT's industrial action ballot, 'Every Job Matters'.
Please distribute. If you would like copies sent to you, please email our Regional Organiser John Leach.
The RMT have recieved a new document which reveals more details of London Undergrounds cuts plan. This newly released document, attached below, is a 'Change Assurance Plan' which gives some further insight into what these cuts, if successful, could mean in health & safety terms .
The document is very low on detail of how the proposed changes to station staffing structure will impact on the driver grade. However, section 2.7 claims that there are no changes proposed to train operations.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd, advising that it plans to recruit Train Operators from "the open market" and the Military Redeployment Agency.
We reject LUL's assertion that "the agreed internal processes have been exhausted without success". We believe that the implication that internal applicants, primarily Customer Service Assistants, are not good enough to become drivers is inaccurate and insulting. There are very few promotional opportunities for CSAs; this move further reduces those opportunities.
In this edition:
- RMT Demands 24/7 Supervisor on Every Station - No Ticket Office Closures
- LU Says No Consultation on Wave & Pay Because Mayor has Decided it Will Go Ahead
- Cash Handling - Another trial!
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We note the resolution from our Jubilee South branch. We share its concern at London Underground management’s attempts to impose a less safe procedure for dealing with defective Platform Edge Doors. Once again, the company appears to be seeking a pretext for cutting staff, regardless of the consequences for passenger safety.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser.
We therefore reaffirm our industrial action, and instruct the General Secretary to:
- Write to all LUL driver members by post reminding them of this industrial action, why it is in place and what they should do.
- Send an rmt mail to all LUL Station Supervisor members, explaining the action that drivers are taking.
- Place reports and developments in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and representatives to be advised.
We note the legal advice on file. We therefore intend to reinstate our suspended industrial action should London Underground Ltd attempt to again impose a detrainment procedure that does not involve physical checking that trains are empty by staff on the platform.
We instruct the General Secretary to obtain an update on this issue, including the likely timescales involved, and to seek co-ordination with ASLEF.
Reports and developments are to be placed in front of us. London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd, and its failure to give the assurance we sought that it will not close or cut the opening hours of any of its ticket offices.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd and the report from our Regional Organiser. It is clear that the company fully intends to impose mobile station supervision at seven stations, that this will lead to a further extension of this practice, and that it will not commit to round-the-clock station supervision.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the correspondence from London Underground Ltd. Although the experience of the last two years has proved beyond any doubt that detrainment is only safe and effective when carried out by staff on the platform, the company appears to be preparing to make a fresh attempt to withdraw these staff. It seems again to be attempting to use some technical devices as a pretext to return to the ‘flash and dash’ procedure, which endangers passengers and is held in contempt by our members.