LUL Asset Performance Directorate, Tube Lines, Alstom, LU Engineering branch, LU Fleet branch
RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2014 – ALSTOM METRO TRAINS (LUL/0001/AMT)
Further to my previous circular (IR/267/14, 10th October 2014), an improved offer has been received from the company, as follows:-
- A no-strings, one-year offer of 2.7%, effective 1st April 2014.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR LEAVE AND PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS 2014/2015
I have received correspondence regarding the Christmas & New Year leave and payment arrangements for Tube Lines which are the same as last year. A copy of the arrangements is attached for your information. Following consultation with our Company Council Representatives, the General Grades Committee has taken the decision to inform the Company of our acceptance of the arrangements.
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2014 – ALSTOM METRO TRAINS
‘That we note the revised offer by the Company after a meeting took place with our negotiating team on 16th October 2014.
The offer has been greatly improved and meets the aspirations of our members. Therefore, the General Secretary is instructed to inform the Company of our acceptance of the offer and that we are no longer in dispute with them.
Our members are to be applauded for their willingness to fight against the previous appalling offers from the Company and demand a just pay award.
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EX-METRONET GRADES – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)
Further to my previous Circular No. IR/42/14, 30th January 2014, talks aimed at resolving a range of issues affecting our ex-Metronet grades members have taken place at ACAS. These talks were positive and the General Grades Committee has noted the correspondence on file and that the LU Engineering Branch has indicated acceptance of the proposals.
The RMT Engineering Branch has launched a website and Facebook Page.
The new site will have all the latest news for branch members, as well as details about the branch and a mailing list that you can sign up for.
Further to previous correspondence regarding the above, the ballot has now concluded and the result is as follows:-
Are you prepared to take strike action?
Total Votes Cast 28
Number Voting ‘Yes’ 17
Number Voting ‘No’ 9
Spoilt Papers 2
Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?
Total Votes Cast 28
Number Voting ‘Yes’ 27
Number Voting ‘No’ 1
Spoilt Papers 0
I am pleased to advise branches that following further discussions with the company, the GGC has accepted the latest proposal from Tube Lines to resolve this dispute. The details of the agreement are below: -
- All staff will be rostered to work a 35 hour week consisting of 5 consecutive shifts (either Sunday – Thursday or Monday to Friday) with 2 consecutive day off.
- The 10 days on 4 off roster will be removed from the Contract of Employment.
- Annual Leave days will be 37 days per annum.
- LUL document reveals power control strike could lead to line suspensions
- Attached below is LUL 'change assurance plan' and information which can be displayed in depots and other relevant workplaces.
As you may be aware our power control room members are currently taking industrial action. This action started at 20.00hrs on July 1st and is scheduled to run until the 20.00hrs on July 15th.
The Train’s Safety Council met with management prior to earlier planned action by these workers to discuss how this would impact on the safety of drivers.
I write to advise you that your General Grades Committee has considered the ballot result and has decided to call members to take industrial action over the company’s disgraceful withdrawal of your rest days. We believe it is totally unacceptable for the company to deny you properly rostered quality time off away from work.
With effect from 00.01 hours Tuesday 8th July 2014, until further notice you are instructed:
- To comply with Health and Safety requirements and take your official meal breaks whilst on duty.
FURTHER STRIKE ACTION CALLED
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – POWER CONTROL OPERATORS
Further to my recent letter, you will be well aware that talks have failed to reach agreement with the company. Last week I informed you of the initial strike called to begin from 1st July 2014 and this instruction has now been extended. To confirm, the union’s strike instruction is now as follows: -
Members are instructed no to book on for any shifts between:-
• 20:00 hours on Tuesday 1st July 2014 and 19:59 hours on Tuesday 15th July 2014.