RMT Executive decisions
This report was adopted by the RMT Council of Executives at its December Statutory meeting:
I attended this conference as a member of the ETF Women's Committee, and was the only UK trade unionist present as a delegate. This was the final conference of the 'Bargaining For Equality' project, which we had not, to my knowledge, been aware of until now. The Project sought to address inequality in men's and women's wages, and to identify collective bargaining strategies that would tackle these inequalities.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the progress made in talks, and that London Underground Ltd has agreed to extend the period of our ballot mandate by 28 days. We note that the R.O. and the majority of representatives believe that sufficient progress has been made to suspend the industrial action and we therefore instruct the General Secretary to immediately advise the company and our members that the strike action due to begin at 12:00 on Wednesday 4 December 2013 is suspended.
We note the circular from LUL management seeking volunteers to work as ‘TfL Ambassadors’, previously known as ICSAs. We continue to have serious concerns about how TfL and LUL attempt to deploy these staff, in ways which breach the settlement of our 2008 Casualisation dispute and undermine safe operating practices and the jobs of station staff.
We therefore instruct the General Secretary to remind London Underground members of our ongoing industrial action short of strikes on this matter, contained in our decision Gww 19 July 2012 and amended by our decision Gww 15 August 2012.
We believe that rather than cut staff, London Underground and its parent company Transport for London should:
- challenge the government's funding cut to TfL, and demand the guaranteed, decent level of public funding that such a crucial transport system requires
- maintain or increase the level of station staffing and ticket office opening times; promote its own ticket-selling services rather than those of external outlets
- undertake a major programme of making London Underground more accessible to disabled people and to communities that it does not currently serve
We welcome the response from ASLEF, expressing its willingness to attend a meeting to discuss a joint campaign against driverless trains. We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this meeting takes place as soon as practical, and to place a report in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and London Undergroundrepresentatives to be advised.
We note the correspondence from Tube Lines Ltd, which clarifies that its contract with ISS requires an ‘improved method of accurate recording’, but does not specify that it must be this biometric method. We therefore instruct the General Secretary to advise ISS that we reject its claim that it is contractually required to introduce this system, and demand that it negotiate with us on using a system that does not compromise our members’ dignity and civil rights.
Further, we instruct the General Secretary to:
1. Organise a protest against ISS’s planned imposition of biometric booking on
We note the report from our Regional Organiser and share his alarm at the increase in the number of projected redundancies and the spread of possible redundancies to clerical grades.
We note that our Regional Organiser has requested feedback from our branch and representatives and instruct the General Secretary to place this in front of us when received.
We also instruct the General Secretary to ensure that our TfL membership details are kept as up-to-date and accurate as possible.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
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;
We note that this morning, LUL announced:
- that every ticket office will close by 2015
- that nearly one thousand jobs on stations will go, with a net loss of 750 jobs
- that stations will be staffed when trains are running, which suggests that they may not have Supervisors present and may no longer be staffed when trains are not running at night
- a thoroughgoing restructuring of station staffing, with all job roles changing and staff being re-evaluated for their own jobs
RMT Points Out To Management That On W&C We Are Balloting For Action Short Of Strike - Not Going On StrikeSubmitted by Pete on 20 November, 2013 - 01:22
- 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.