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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.
In line with the wishes of our Finsbury Park branch, we instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this issue is included in our dispute BREACHES OF AGREEMENTS AND FAILURE TO ADDRESS REASONABLE CONCERNS – DRIVERS – PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised. Finsbury Park branch and Arnos Grove depot representatives to be advised by personal letter.
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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.
Tube Union RMT today demanded a full investigation after it was revealed that the doors opened between stations on a packed Piccadilly Line train heading towards Heathrow on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, the driver was alerted to the fault by a signal in the cab and was able to bring the train to a halt and ensure the safety of all passengers. The seriousness of the incident is reinforced by the fact that a baby in a buggy was close to the door that partially opened at the time.
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.
We note the reply from London Underground Ltd regarding inner inter-car barriers. We note that this letter does not address the request in our previous letter for an assurance that LUL has abandoned all plans to remove detrainment staff from the Central Line (or any other line) and all plans to reduce the number of staff on its stations. We do not accept that this can wait until after the Formal Investigation Report, and instruct the General Secretary to write to LUL again specifically on this matter, insisting on a reply, which is to be placed in front of us.
We note the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council and share its determination to resist any attempt to introduce driverless trains.
Accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to:
- write to London Underground Ltd reminding the company of this union's position, and seeking a clear response as to its intentions for ordering or commissioning new train stock, specifically seeking an assurance that any new stock will include a driver's cab;
- seek information from our fleet representatives as to any developments on this issue that they may be aware of;
We note the resolution from our Finsbury Park branch and share its concerns at London Underground Ltd's refusal to honour annual leave commitments and abide by the established procedure. Accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to write to LUL calling on it to ensure that its local management at Arnos Grove depot grant odd days leave and agree to allow members to carry over and use annual leave accrued from previous years. The letter is also to warn LUL that failure to respond fully to our request will bring our unions into dispute with the company over this issue.
Why replace a safe system with a high risk dangerous one? The RMT is very concerned by the dangerous plans by management on the Jubilee Line to alter our procedure for isolating a defective Platform Edge Door. We believe a member of staff must be positioned by an isolated platform edge door is essential to maintaining a safe operation.
Station staff are the eyes and ears for drivers in these situations, and their absence can lead to dangerous situations and possible injuries - most notably to children, visually impaired people and mobility impaired people.
The original newsletter is attached below
RMT pressure gets management to back off 6 rounder turns and commit to work with us to stop abuses of policies.