Regional Council Executive
We note with concern the company’s use of this means of testing for drugs and alcohol and the potential ramifications for our members of any such process to which we are opposed.
The General Secretary is instructed to seek a legal opinion of the company’s use of bodily hair samples for drug and alcohol testing. The opinion to be placed back before this General Grades Committee for further consideration.
The Transport Worker's Union New York chapter - 'Local 100' - which primarily represents members in New York's subway system, has advised members to enter stations at caution speed. The TWU explain that their have been 150 'one-unders' - or 12-9's, an average of three per week, none of which have been the fault of the train driver. By entering the station at caution speed the union believes lives can be saved and drivers spared the trauma of being involved in an incident.
The unions leaflet on the action is attached below
We note the report from our Regional Organiser, explaining the situation regarding train testing at Wembley Park in November. No further action is required on this matter, but it reaffirms the importance of remaining vigilant regarding technological developments and testing that may be used as a pretext to attack jobs, conditions and safety.
We note that the two resolutions from London Transport Regional Council have already been dealt with by the GGC when they were submitted by branches.
London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.
We note the report from our Regional Organiser, and having also consulted with our branch, we instruct the General Secretary to advise the company of our acceptance of the company’s final offer before the deadline for payment in time for Christmas.
We further instruct the General Secretary to ensure that a pay claim is submitted in line with union policy for 2013, and to obtain a plan for improving organisation of this workforce from our LU Engineering branch.
London Transport Regional Council, branches and our Cubic representative to be advised.
From General Secretary Bob Crow
I write to advise branches that a formal complaint has been made to LUL on the subject of snow clearing and winter weather. The RMT Stations Safety Council has raised this as an issue with the company without resolution and has now exhausted the machinery. The Stations Safety Council has raised the following items with the ORR and the company:
- Insufficient local, practical training packages are available and have not been delivered to staff.
Each month our Executive Council Member Janine Booth reports to the Regional Council. This report as a synopsis and the full 'EC decisions' can be read here.
We've added some links to the report to explain some of the topics covered in more detail.
Remember branch meetings and the regional meeting are open to all members - this is where you can get involved and make a change in your union.
This is the report from our Executive Member Janine Booth to this month's Executive Council Meeting. We've added links to each report item to explain what they mean in some more detail.
To find out more attend your local branch, or the Regional or Executive meetings where these points can be discussed in detail, points raised or questions asked about them.
REGIONAL ORGANISER VACANCY
We believe that railway employers are increasingly using agencies such as Trainpeople, in order to casualise the workforce, prepare for job cuts, and undermine our power to take effective strike action. The use of agencies is part of the employers’ and government’s strategy for pursuing the McNulty proposals.
We believe that every railway worker is entitled to a permanent, secure job. We therefore demand an end to the use of agencies, with their employees offered direct employment with the railway company at which they work.
- LU pay
- referendum closes 27 October
- James Masango
- remedy hearing adjourned until November
- press release today
- Station staffing
- Don’t send VIPs to Victoria!
- National SOS campaign
- action short of strikes
- Alstom – referendum closes 29 September
- LU – offer rejected; Unite referendum rejected last LU offer; meeting with the other unions this week; further discussion at GGC after Thursday’s meeting
- Jayesh Patel, Tunde Umanah, James Masango – see decisions
- Track contract workers’ charter – being laid out this week
- Reduced-rate subs – Initial cleaners, Sodexho canteens
- LU UNIFORM