LUL Asset Performance Directorate, Tube Lines, Alstom, LU Engineering branch, LU Fleet branch
Further to my previous Circular (IR/061/15, 2nd March 2015), the Company has been informed that a dispute situation now exists over the proposed changes to the Services organisation as part of the GTS Optimisation Programme. The proposals include compulsory redundancies and those members left at the Company will be facing worse rosters, shift patterns and terms and conditions. RMT put forward strong counter-proposals during discussions but it is clear that the Company has no intention of changing their plans.
WITHDRAWAL OF REST DAYS, TRACK & CIVILS STAFF – TUBELINES (AP JNP) (LUL/8/6)
A resolution has been received from our London Underground Engineering Branch concerning the above matter, which is as follows:-
“The Branch has been informed that the agreement reached below represents the most that can be achieved through negotiation.
We are concerned that our members need to be fully consulted and involved in deciding whether this agreement is acceptable and our Branch therefore requests a referendum is carried out of all affected members in AP JNP Track and Civils, namely, Civils, Northern and Pic Track, Ultrasonics and the Lube Gang.
We further ask for it to be clear in the referendum that a rejection is likely to lead to a need to take industrial action and a strike ballot will likely follow.
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.
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
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.
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.