RMT To Ballot Test Train Drivers For Industrial Action To Stop Tube Bosses Plans For A driverless Railway
We note the resolution from our LU Fleet branch, and reiterate this union's complete opposition to driverless trains. Every train must have a driver, to ensure the safe and effective running of the Underground. Plans to scrap drivers or reduce their driving duties are risking safety, services and jobs, motivated by saving money and undermining trade unionism.
We instruct the General Secretary to:
- conduct a ballot for industrial action - both strikes and action short of strikes - of our members who are test train drivers, with the intention of instructing them to refuse to test driverless trains should they, as we strongly recommend, vote for action.
- conduct this ballot to a timescale agreed with our representative and branch, aiming for the action to be in place in good time to be effective.
- send a personal letter to all members being balloted, explaining our stance and strongly urging them to vote Yes to both questions.
- urgently obtain a report as to which other grades may be called upon to test-drive these trains, so that we may issue them with appropriate advice and consider balloting them.
- ask our London Transport Regional Council's train grades committee to discuss this issue at its meeting on Thursday 27 September and draw up plans to mobilise all London Underground drivers around this issue; place these plans in front of us.
- encourage our branches, Regional Council and its grades committees to discuss mobilising all London Underground workers around this issue and submit proposals.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.