London Underground Ltd
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TUBE DRIVERS involved in a five week dispute over staff and passenger safety on the Bakerloo Line will take their campaign out onto the streets this Friday as the union ramps up public support and pressure on London Underground.
The drivers and their supporters will be outside Queens Park station from 7.30am to 9.00am this Friday – 22ndFebruary – demanding an end to the spin and lies from LUL and serious talks to resolve the bitter dispute which continues to disrupt Bakerloo Line services on a daily basis despite a barrage of misinformation from Transport for London.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser, and that LUL has agreed to place telephones at 60m intervals through the relevant section of the Jubilee line during the tunnel relining, to enable the discharge of traction current in an emergency. This is similar to the arrangement on the Heathrow loop, and is acceptable to our representatives.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser. We also note that a further meeting is to take place on 28 February, and instruct the General Secretary to place a report of this meeting in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd, and note that pressure applied by this union appears to be making the company take this matter more seriously.
However, we do not accept that mitigations make this situation safe or acceptable, and insist on it being rectified.
Having spoken with our representative, we note that Thales is due to carry out a new ‘software drop’ over the first weekend in March. If this does not resolve the problem to the satisfaction of our representative, we will ballot our members for industrial action.
London Underground wants Bakerloo line drivers to drive out-of-service trains into depots and sidings without checking first that all passengers have got off the train.
This has resulted in over 3,000 passengers being carried into depots and sidings, many times more than on all other London Underground lines put together. On other lines, staff physically check the train is empty first.
Further to our decision Gww 8/1/13, we note the report from our representatives' meeting held on 25 January.
We note that London Underground's Upgrades programme has a significant impact on many of our members, including providing a pretext for LUL management to attack jobs and conditions. It is therefore essential that we mobilise all our relevant representatives to work together in unity to secure the best possible outcome for our members and for the future of London Underground.
Further to our decision Gww 18/12/12, we note the report from our representatives' meeting held on 25 January 2013.
We agree that since the method of detrainment on the Metropolitan line has altered, there should therefore be a retiming exercise, and instruct the General Secretary to obtain a report on our representatives' progress in ensuring that this takes place.
We note the report on file regarding the outcome of the member’s case, and that this is now closed to the member’s satisfaction.
We continue to be very concerned, however, with the role played by the People Management Advice specialist (PMA). The email obtained under FOI shows clearly that the PMA took a decision beyond her authority, and LUL management even admit that it ‘looks’ like this, but ludicrously claim that a verbal assurance from the manager refutes this.
Since the 1980s, various parts of London Underground have been hived off to the private sector, leading to pay cuts, job losses, worse services and more bureaucracy. The failures of these privatisations – and RMT campaigning – have led to some of these sections returning to public ownership:
- Metronet collapsed in 2007 and became part of LUL again in 2008
- Tube Lines was bought by TfL in 2010
- Tube Lines has taken train maintenance at Stratford Market Depot away from Alstom and back in-house
The station grades AGM is on Thursday February 28 at 1430 at the Exmouth Arms, Starcross st, NW1. nearest stations Euston & Euston Sq
We will be electing; Chair & Secretary If you wish to stand for these positions please come and put your name forward
We are also having a Regional recruitment/organising day on the Jubilee South branch area. Meet at London Bridge at 1030 on 28/02/13
Please come and support these events. Its your union make sure you have your say.