Your legal rights
The WEA is running a one day briefing for all union reps, officers and members who want to get up to date with all the latest employment law changes brought in and planned by the Coalition Government.
The day will be a mix of information and also small group activities. Please see the attached leaflet for details about this course.
This action has now been suspended
LONDON FIRE BRIGADE DISPUTE SATURDAY 19-10-13
Your RMT Train’s Health and Safety Council have today, Thursday 17th, met with LU to discuss the upcoming industrial action by the London Fire Brigade and the impact that this will have on us as drivers.
This action is scheduled to commence at 18.00hrs on Saturday the 19th and end at 23.00hrs later that evening.
Part-time workers are in general entitled to be treated equally to full-time workers. This includes terms and conditions of employment (such as pay and holidays on a pro-rata basis) and how you are treated at work (such as dismissals and redundancy). There are of course the usual legal loopholes and many part-timers doing jobs only done by part-timers (such as cleaning jobs) will not fall within the protection of the Regulations. If you feel that you have been treated less favourably than a comparable full timer who also works there, you can request a written statement of reasons from your employer as to why this situation exists. The employer must respond within 21 days. If you are not satisfied with the response, a claim can be lodged with an Employment Tribunal within three months minus one day of the act complained about.
The RMT have produced 'Know Your Rights' leaflets which are available for members. You can also request a bundle and distribute them in your workplace.
The leaflets provide information about:
- PART-TIME, FLEXIBLE WORKING AND CARER RESPONSIBILITIES
- DEFINITION OF DEPENDANT
- PART-TIME WORKERS
- TIME OFF FOR DEPENDANTS
- PARENTAL LEAVE
- FLEXIBLE WORKING
If you want a copy - or several copies - email Jess Webb j.webb [@] rmt.org.uk. You can also read the text from the leaflet here.
Attached is LUL's 'Refusal To Work On The Grounds Of Health And Safety' Document
You may find it useful to read, should you be concerned about carrying out a job or particular task, and want to know the procedure for refusing to work on safety grounds.
This is the RMT emergency motion which will be put to TUC congress
Congress notes the “Struck Out” report issued by the Greater London Authority Conservatives on 22nd August 2013 proposing to ban strikes on London Transport and instead use “binding pendulum arbitration" - in which a judge or panel would choose between the positions of the trade union and Transport for London.
RMT takes motions on EU referendum and co-ordinated strike action to TUC Congress and plans direct challenge to Ed Miliband over betrayal of working people
Transport union RMT will be taking hard-hitting motions calling for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU (Motion 16) and co-ordination of strike action and campaigning against austerity (Motion 54) to the Trades Union Congress which assembles in Bournemouth this weekend.
Transport union RMT has today secured a major victory in the Employment Tribunal over the victimisation and sacking of Zack Dahou, a key activist on the Serco Barclay’s “Boris Bikes” scheme.
In a 37 page judgment the tribunal found in RMT’s favour on both of the counts brought by the union, that Zack had been unfairly dismissed and that that dismissal was linked to his trade union activities. There will now be a formal remedies hearing.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
That we note this matter originated from the GGC and from a letter from London Underground regarding Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013.
The General Secretary is to write to all employers to confirm that they are incorporating the directive into our members’ contracts of employment. We would hope that the progressive employers would pay for our members to have parental leave.
You can read these regulations here
This report covers the period from 26 February to 31 May, including Easter and the half-term Whitsun Recess. The House sat for approximately eight weeks during this period which also saw Parliament prorogued as the 2012-2013 session was concluded, and the Queen’s Speech announcing the government’s legislative programme for the 2013-14 session of Parliament was held on 8 May.The Government’s agenda for the new Parliamentary Session was set out in the Queen’s Speech, which along with the Budget and the Comprehensive Spending Review statement at the end of June, clearly demonstrate the continuation of its programme of cuts, job losses, privatisation and attacks on pay, pensions, employment rights, and terms and conditions.
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