We welcome the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council, and share its firm opposition to the TfL Pension Fund suspending transfers into the fund. This decision threatens the stability of the Fund and removes important rights from some of our members.
We also agree that ‘suspending’ a rule for six years is an undemocratic manoeuvre to avoid the process of changing the rules.
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that electricians and engineers working for contractors Mitie on the TFL contract are to be balloted for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over redundancies and unilateral changes to working conditions.
At this month's London Transport Regional Council Meeting, reports were given by our Executive member Janine Booth and Regional Organiser John Leach.
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We note the correspondence on file.
We regret that in recent talks, the employer did not change its unacceptable position at all, and accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to proceed with the ballot for strike action and action short of strikes as specified in our Decision Gww 26 February 2013. The ballot is to start immediately and conclude during the week commencing Monday 6 May.
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.