RMT Accepts 4 Year Pay Deal and will Return to Issue of Working Hours ASAP

A discussion between RMT IR and H&S staff side secretaries/leads took place this morning. Following this meeting the NEC discussed LUL's current 4-Year pay offer. The NEC has instructed the General Secretary to inform LUL that we accept the offer. London Underground has repeated that they remain committed to reviewing working hours and we will return to this issue ASAP.

We will now turn all our energies into seeking to reduce the risk to members who are keeping the tube running in these exceptional times. At present overcrowding in many areas is making a mockery of social distancing and is subjecting our members to an unacceptable level of risk. We also have  a battle on our hands to protect the pay of our many self-employed members in the LTRC region who face being laid off without pay. I will be putting out a bulletin on all these issues ASAP.

The full decision of the NEC is reproduced below.

"We note the discussion that took place with our LUL Level2 and Tier 2 reps this morning.

London Underground has explicitly used the Coronavirus crisis to present their unsatisfactory pay offer as an ultimatum. The offer does not make progress on the key issue of working hours, shifts and fatigue.

RMT members and reps have spent many months in negotiation with LUL seeking to secure a shorter contractual week and the need to address the long-term health impacts of shift work has not gone away.

However, at this time RMT members on LUL are rightly focused on ensuring our safety while we maintain a service on the tube. The 4-year offer does give our members security from both inflation and deflation over the next three years and therefore protects our real pay.

We also note that LUL has stated they remain committed to addressing our concerns over working hours and RMT will return to this issue as soon as we are in a position to do so.

The General Secretary is now instructed to inform LUL that we will accept the four-year pay offer that offers RPI +0.2% for each year from 2019-2023 with a guarantee of a minimum increase of 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/3.

We are in no doubt that once we come out the other side of the coronavirus crisis employers and government will seek to recover the costs of dealing with this crisis from the working class. In this situation we will, at least, have protected our members from attacks on pay. We will, of course, resist all other attacks on jobs or conditions.

RMT thanks members for their steadfast support of our fight to address working hours during the recent negotiations. We will now continue to strive to ensure our members, and those with whom with live, are not placed at unnecessary risk as we provide a tube service for essential users in London."