News, reports and information for London Underground train drivers
The RMT has made great progress in our S Stock dispute with LU. But one sticking point remains - the issue of Cross Line Working.
Following talks at ACAS on Tuesday 21st of May your negotiators tabled a reasonable solution to the S Stock dispute which was flatly refused by LUL for spurious reasons. The RMT proposed that the timetable should be amended so that trains are picked from Moorgate Bay Road as opposed to Baker St Met platforms; our view was that this would not compromise any existing agreements or require any additional training.
BREACHES OF AGREEMENTS AND FAILURE TO ADDRESS REASONABLE CONCERNS – DRIVERS - PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND
That we note the ballot result is as follows:-
Are you willing to take strike action?
Total votes cast ...203...
Number voting “Yes” ...182...(89.7%)............
Number voting “No” ....21.................
Spoilt Papers .....0...............
S STOCK ISSUES – LONDON UNDERGROUND
That we note the ballot results are as follows:-
Are you willing to take action short of strike action (Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan
Total votes cast ...85................
Number voting “Yes”...80...(94.1%)............
Number voting “No”...5.................
Are you willing to take strike action (Hammersmith and Edgware Road drivers)?
Total votes cast...49...............
Number voting “Yes”...41...(83.7%).............
Strike action ballots return strong yes votes from ISS cleaners, drivers on the Piccadilly and sub surface depots, and maintenance workers on TfL contract with Mitie
RMT today confirmed a ballot for strike action of Train Operators and Instructor Operators on the Piccadilly Line, in response to London Underground riding roughshod over agreements and abusing a range of agreed policies and procedures, has shown a massive nine to one vote in favour.
Your representatives and senior LUL management met today to discuss the issues surrounding the introduction of S Stock trains.
The following items were discussed.
If the company press machine is to be believed, stations and in particular the stations on the outskirts of the underground network are ghost stations. Whereby there is very little need for station staff, staff there sit around drinking tea and watch Jeremy Kyle all day. Customers come and go as they please using all this wonderful modern technology such as etop up; wide aisle gates and help points. No need for station staff they say.
In this edition:
- Piccadilly dispute latest
- Tube lines dispute
- Update on Rainbow Sickness Process from Stations Functional Council Reps
- Fighting for the 33
- Support ISS Cleaners
- Supervisor Cuts and Wider use of ICSAs Will be Resisted
- Thermal Comfort Survey
We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the correspondence from our Hammersmith and City branch and our LUL Trains Council representatives.
We note that there are several serious problems concerning the introduction of the S Stock, itemised in previous GGC decisions and including inadequate preparation time and cross-line working. We reaffirm our stance that the introduction of new stock must not be a pretext for attacks on safety standards or working conditions.
Management throw policies and agreements out of the window as the RMT takes a stand for drivers.
Following months of turning the screw on members who are sick or make mistakes at work, the “new style” management thought that we would just lie down and take it. The latest insult resulted in duty sheets being produced that attempted to rob the members at the west end of the line of 5 minutes booking on time. As soon as management got wind that this was going to unite the line against them, a new set of sheets were produced that adhered to agreements. As if by magic! This is the thin end of the wedge. Management clearly want to cut your union out and do as they please. If this is allowed to continue you will very soon come to work in fear of your job.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd outlining its proposed settlement of this dispute, and instruct the General Secretary to obtain and place in front of us a report as to whether this represents a satisfactory outcome for our members.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised. Jubilee South branch to be advised by personal letter.