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We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd dated 29 October 2013.
We note that this letter does not give the assurance we requested that when LUL orders or commissions new train stock, these will include a driver’s cab, and instead states that the company ‘cannot rule anything in or out’.
We further note that the letter:
- refers to ‘pressure to be more efficient’ and to ‘get the best value for money from everything we get’, indicating that LUL’s decisions on this matter will be driven by a desire to cut spending and save money;
Every driver on the combine needs to get ready to defend the job. LU's plans to slash staffing on stations will effect every grade in every function and will impact directly on our ability to do our job safely and professionally.
RMT Points Out To Management That On W&C We Are Balloting For Action Short Of Strike - Not Going On StrikeSubmitted by rmtlondon on 20 November, 2013 - 02:22
- Re-grading of waterloo & city line service control staff – london underground.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd dated 15 November 2013. We instruct the General Secretary to reply, pointing out that our ballot is for action short of strike action, not for strike action as stated in the letter, and that our lead officer will attend the suggested meeting at a mutually-convenient time.
A report of this meeting is to be placed in front of us. London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
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 correspondence from London Underground Ltd and the report from our Regional Organiser advising his response. We endorse his call for adequate release to be granted to our representatives to enable us to proceed promptly with the important work of scrutinising the implementation of the S stock upgrade.
Reports and developments are to be placed in front of us.
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.