LUL Asset Performance Directorate, Tube Lines, Alstom, LU Engineering branch, LU Fleet branch
Tube union RMT today pledged to step up the fight to stop the carve up of the Lillie Bridge tube maintenance depot as Mayor Boris Johnson sneaked out an announcement late last night that gives the green light to the demolition of Earls Court and the surrounding area and its conversion into a yuppies playground by Tory Councillors hell bent on the social cleansing of whole swathes of West London.
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot staff running the London “Boris Bike’s” for both strike action and action short of a strike over a range of grievances:
· The imposition of a 2% pay increase for 2013
· The imposition of shift change patterns
· The continuous bullying and harassment of members
· The company’s refusal to reach a formal agreement on travelling time or on travel allowances
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
We note the report from our lead officer, recommending industrial action in pursuit of this dispute. We instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting of our Tube Lines representatives as soon as is practical to discuss what form this action should take and to place a report in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and Tube Lines representatives to be advised.
We note the report from our lead officer.
We deplore the stated intention of the employer to refuse to:
- allow transferring staff to join the TfL Pension Scheme;
- uphold the settlement of the 2001 PPP dispute which includes ‘no compulsory redundancies’ and explicitly applies to all employees and all future employers; and
- recognise RMT in departments into which our members are transferring
In accordance with the request of our lead officer, we instruct the General Secretary to obtain legal advice on these matters, to uphold the rights of our members.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser, and the reservations expressed about this move by Alstom. We note that further discussions are to take place and instruct the General Secretary to place updates in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
We note the report from our lead officer. While welcoming the reintegration of some Tube Lines staff into LUL and TfL, we are disappointed that some will remain in Tube Lines, and appalled that the companies plan not to allow transferring staff to join the TfL Pension Scheme.
This is an attack not just on these members’ rights but on the security of the pensions of all other staff.
We instruct the General Secretary to obtain a report on how we might progress our fight over this issue, and to place it in front of us within 14 days.
'Reintegration' brings new threat to pensions and conditions
RMT has slammed plans to transfer some Tube Lines clerical and project staff back in-house to TfL and London Underground without pension or travel facilities, and has threatened industrial action to defend the terms and conditions of its members.
Tube union RMT has slammed plans to transfer some Tube Lines clerical and project staff back in-house to London Underground without pension or travel facilities and has threatened industrial action to defend the terms and conditions of its members.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that while proposals to re-integrate some staff into LUL may sound positive after the long-running PPP Tube privatisation fiasco, the 700 or so staff involved would not be allowed to join the TfL pension fund.
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2010 – 2015 TUBE LINES
You will be aware that we are currently in year 4 of the 5 year pay. It was agreed that year 4 would be based on the actual RPI in January 2013 which is published in February 2013 + 0.5% or a minimum 2% whichever is the greater.
Therefore I write to advise you that the RPI figure for January 2013 was 3.3%, which means an increase in pay for this year of 3.8%, effective from 1st April 2013.
I have been advised that the company will implement this from April 2013.
We note the report of the well-attended meeting of our London Underground / Tube Lines ISS representatives on 20 February 2013.
The meeting identified several attacks on working conditions in addition to pay issues:
- ‘Bradford Factor’ attendance rules
- new rostering, extending the unpaid break in the middle of the shift from 30 minutes to 45, 60 or even 75 minutes
- biometric booking on, including for agency staff