News, reports and information for London Underground train drivers
Following a ballot for strike action which resulted in an overwhelming 88% vote in favour in a dispute over the systematic abuse of drivers and the unilateral ripping up of negotiated agreements, all RMT Train Operators and Instructor Operators on the Piccadilly Line are instructed to not book on for any turns of duty that commence between: -
12:00 hours on Wednesday 4th December 2013 and 11:59 hours on Thursday 5th December 2013.
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;
Attached is the October edition of 'RMT Stratford North Greenwich News' which is complied for train drivers in these locations.
We note that London Underground Ltd has signed an agreement to extend the validity of our ballot mandate. We therefore suspend the strike action due to start at 2100 today (24 September 2013) and conclude at 0300 tomorrow (25 September 2013).
We affirm that our strike action due to commence on 8 October 2013 is not suspended, and remains in place. We instruct the General Secretary to provide all necessary support and advice to members taking part in this industrial action.
This document is a guideline for managers when disciplining LU staff regarding attendance. It sets out how and when LU believes a warning of less than 26 weeks is appropriate.
LU has altered it's policy on allowing drivers taking medication for depression to drive trains. Below is the company stance and forms used are attached.
LU article on the new procedure
Occupational Health revises advice it gives drivers
Occupational Health has revised the advice it gives to train operators regarding anti-depressant medication, following consultation with key internal stakeholders and medical experts.
Attached are flexible working guides for London Underground trains TOMs effective 2009
Your RMT local and Tier 2 Reps have now met with management twice regarding the ‘Mexican stand off’ incidents at Mill Hill East. Senior signal engineers were also in attendance at this meeting.
These incidents occurred as Northern Line trains were routed in such a way that they were brought to stand, facing each other, on the same single line section of track.
In the latest incident, which happened at 9.50 on Monday morning (22nd July), the driver was given a target speed and proceeded to depart Finchley Central from platform.
He was already in the process of stopping as he had seen another train heading towards him from Mill Hill East as the Line Control emergency call to stop came through.
The driver was forced to carry out a wrong directional move back to Finchley Central to allow the train from Mill Hill East to continue to Finchley Central, an emergency preventative move that could only be carried out by a driver up-front in the cab.
Attached is the latest edition of RMT up front. This issue focuses on the proposed £350 Boxing Day payments and changes to TOPRA. Main stories follow:
Proposed Boxing Day bonus and changes to TOPRA
RMT demands improvements to deal
The proposed arrangements for Boxing Day payments negotiated between London Underground and ASLEF behind closed doors fall short of RMT’s aspirations. Following a meeting with all RMT drivers’ reps, the union has written to LU demanding further talks to improve the deal.