RMT Executive decisions

Decisions of RMT's Council of Executives, and of RMT's General Grades Committee (the section of the Council of Executives which deals with industrial matters for railway and other non-shipping grades)

Breakdown in Industrial Relations - Serco Docklands - Ballot result

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the ballot result is as follows:-

Are you prepared to take strike action?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 162
Number Voting No 36
Spoilt 0

Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 175
Number Voting No 21
Spoilt 2

More Action to Stop London Underground Job Cuts

RMT's General Grades Committee today took a detailed decision about our continuing fight against London Underground job cuts. The full decision is below. In summary:

  • We oppose LU plans for two trials of new ticketing procedures.
  • We are exposing the extent to which LU's planned staffing cuts will leave stations completely unstaffed for periods during the day.
  • We will call a 48-hour strike, with dispute payments to strikers; this will take place later in January, with dates named after consultation with TSSA.
  • We will ensure that there is plenty of communication with members about the talks and about the action, and efforts to win public support and promote our case.

Drivers on Two Lines to Strike Again in Defence of Sacked Workmates

RMT members on the Bakerloo line and at Morden depot on the Northern line are to strike for 24 hours in two separate disputes about the sacking of colleagues Eamonn Lynch and Arwyn Thomas.

RMT's General Grades Committee has taken the following two decisions:

In line with the request of our Morden and Oval branch, all members at Morden traincrew depot are instructed not to book on for any duty that commences between 21:00 hours on Friday 14 January and 20:59 hours on Saturday 15 January.

London Underground Job Cuts - the fight continues

RMT's General Grades Committee has today taken the following decision:

That we note the views of our representatives freely expressed at the meeting on 20th December in the Indian YMCA Hall.

We further note the report from our Regional Organiser.

The General Secretary is instructed to liaise with our sister union and make clear to our members and LU Management that unless real progress is achieved on this issue we may name further days of industrial action in support of a safe working system and in defence of jobs.

The General Secretary is further instructed to continue our campaign in the media and by other means to highlight the increasing risks to safety created by understaffing and at time non-staffing on stations and other jobs on the system.

Earlier this week, RMT's Council of Executives agreed to make dispute payments to members in the event of further strike action in the LU Job Cuts dispute.

Sacked Train Operators - Central Line West branch

From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary


I write to update Branches that following the unjust economic dismissal of Bro Kevin Mortell and the subsequent industrial action, the General Grades Committee have made the following decision:-

“That we continue to press LUL for a Directors Review and support Brother Mortell in pursuing his Employment Tribunal application”

I will keep all Branches advised of any further developments.



Firstly I would like to congratulate all London Underground members for the solid strike action that recently took place on 29th and 30th November. Management are under no illusion of the strength of feeling over these dangerous and unnecessary cuts.

Over the course of the last week, the General Grades Committee has met twice to discuss the current dispute with London Underground over their dangerous plans for job cuts and the following decision was taken: -


Following a meeting of the General Grades Committee regarding the above, the following decision has been taken: -

“That having consulted our representatives, and the report from our lead officer in respect of talks with the company. Despite minor concessions, management continue to press ahead with unacceptable proposals on a series of issues. Furthermore there has been a serious failure to consult with this union before impositions of terms and conditions.

Job Cuts – London Underground

RMT's General Grades Committee took the following decision today:

We note that after this union agreed to take part in talks on the basis proposed by ACAS, and LUL Management having welcomed this, LUL then announced that they wished to revise the ACAS terms of reference.

Talks are therefore adjourned while we await LUL Management putting their new position in writing.

All this followed LUL’s announcement of further job cuts just prior to talks at ACAS.

Disciplinary – Peter Hartshorn and Bullying of Members – Piccadilly Line LUL

RMT's General Grades Committee today made the following decision:

That we note the report from our Regional Organiser, the resolution from our Finsbury Park Branch and we understand that similar concerns are shared by our Piccadilly and District West Branch. There is no doubt that our representative is facing victimisation and must have the full backing of this union.

This matter is referred to the Southern Sub Committee for examination and report.

RMT Executive decision on industrial action, London Underground

We note that LUL plans to cut 800 jobs is only the next stage of their plans to turn the Underground into a second or third class system. They are brazenly cutting safety standards and public service in a reversal of Mayor Johnsons pledges prior to his election

The strong vote by RMT members across LUL shows the determination of our members to resist this attack, which has been combined with a n aggressive series of sackings of staff for workplace errors and illness.