Tube Lines RMT members are taking industrial action to achieve pension parity with London Underground workers, and for the same staff travel concessions as their colleagues on the tube.
RMT General Secretary explains the dispute: "When Tube Lines was created as part of Public Private Partnership in 2003, Tube Lines closed its section of the TfLPF to new employees and opened up an inferior “Defined Contribution” (DC) pension scheme in its place. Over the years the numbers of “protected” Tube Lines employees that remained in the Tube Lines section of the TfLPF has dwindled due to the normal routine of retirements. Consequently this has meant that the majority of Tube Lines employees are either in the inferior DC scheme or have no pension provision." You can read more of that article here
More articles and information for Tube Lines members can be found here.
Tube Lines, Pensions
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 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.
We note the report of our representatives’ meeting, and further note that a meeting with the employer is due to take place on 8 March regarding our demands for travel equality, and a further meeting towards the end of March regarding our demand for pensions equality.
We note the report on file from our lead officer and in line with the unanimous view of our Company
Council representatives, we instruct the General Secretary to suspend the industrial action (strike and
overtime ban) due to start on Friday 15 February.
We note that Tube Lines is to cost our demands for pension and travel equality by the end of March.
We note the response to the joint statement from all four trade unions advocating that all Tube Lines employees be allowed to join the TfL Pension Scheme. While we are pursuing our demand for pensions equality through a dispute and negotiations with Tube Lines, we believe that it is valid for the Working Group to support our position based on the strength of the Scheme and affordability, and instruct the General Secretary to reply accordingly.
This letter is from the Pensions Working Group 'staff-side' of RMT, ASLEF, TSSA and Unite, to the human resources director of TfL.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON PENSION FUND 2012 TRIENNAL ACTUARIAL VALUATION RESULTS
Folíowìng the Pensions Working Group (PWG) Staff Side meeting held on 14th January 2013 it is requested that you consider the following:
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
As you will be aware the dispute with Tube Lines management regarding pension and travel equality will be reaching a significant stage over the Christmas period as a result of possible further industrial action. It is therefore important that members are fully aware of the issues involved so that they can make an informed decision when supporting this action.
We note the report on the members’ meeting that took place yesterday, and welcome our members’ determination to pursue this dispute by taking industrial action at targeted, strategic times, including over the Christmas and Easter periods.
We instruct the General Secretary to:
- place this matter in front of us as soon as recommendations are received for proposed further action
- arrange for the production and distribution of a newsletter for Tube Lines members
- ensure that our previous decision to organise two mass meetings – so that members on all