RMT ‘Safe Travel is Clean Travel – Take cleaning in-house’ protest, 12pm 20 July

Final reminder and updated advice and details: RMT ‘Safe Travel is Clean Travel – Take cleaning in-house’ protest, 12pm 20 July

Following my previous circular please note the following updated advice and details.
The protest in support of cleaners will assemble at 12pm in the space across the road from Old Palace Yard, which lies next to the Houses of Parliament. You can find the space on this map. https://goo.gl/maps/E7HGsN9BcS8dqhXg9

RMT warns of self isolation surge due to face mask rule confusion

RMT warns of further surge in self isolation from Monday due to Government chaos and confusion over masks on transport services.

TRANSPORT UNION RMT warned today that the current surge in people being pinged with self-isolation instructions will jack up again on Monday due to the Government's confused and conflicting messaging with respect to mask wearing and other COVID safety measures on transport services from the 19th July.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

Justice for Cleaners Demo

RMT calls Justice for Cleaners Demonstration outside Parliament on 20th July

RMT has called a demonstration outside Parliament as part of the union’s campaign to end the privatisation of cleaning.

The demonstration – Cleaners are Essential; Justice for Cleaners – will take place on 20 July at 12pm opposite Old Palace Yard, Houses of Parliament SW1A 2BE

ABM Cleaners News: we can win in-house employment

- download the attached leaflet and display it wherever ABM Cleaners work on London Underground

Why join RMT?
To win change, we need to unite in a collective organisation. Our strength is in numbers. TfL and ABM cannot run the job without us: it’s cleaners - not senior managers - who ensure stations, trains, depots, and office buildings are safely cleaned for other staff and passengers to use every day. Joining a union is the best way of organising our collective power.

RMT announce strike dates over LUL plan to abolish Night Tube grade

RMT to take strike action over London Underground plans to abolish Night Tube Train Drivers’ grade

TUBE UNION RMT said today that it will be taking strike action across the Tube network over plans by London Underground to abolish the Night Tube Train Drivers’ grade.

Following a solid vote for action late last month and subsequent talks that failed to resolve this issue RMT has instructed members as follows;

RMT warns political leaders of “fatal folly” of removing transport Covid protections

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On the day politicians are set to confirm final steps in lifting of lockdown RMT warns political leaders of “fatal folly” of removing transport Covid protections
 
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford RMT has today warned of the fatal folly of removing Covid transport protections.
 
The warning comes as governments are finalising changes to Covid-19 protections.
 

Meeting with TfL to discuss Covid safety measures

Dear colleague

Meeting with TfL to discuss Health & Safety measures re Covid-19 - 8th July 2021

Your lead officer and safety reps will be meeting TfL at a safety forum on 8th July.

RMT will insist that all measures to address the COVID pandemic must remain in place unless there is agreement with us to do otherwise. This includes the continued requirement to wear face-coverings on TfL services, social distancing requirements and ventilation standards.

Covid rule change: RMT priority is the safety of our members

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RMT responds to latest Government confusion in advance of announcement on July 19th move out of COVID measures

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:

“Yet again there's a real danger of the government making up policy on the hoof on critical issues and that is reflected in the comments of ministers this morning.
“Back in the real world discussions are on-going at industry-wide level but all parties are having to second-guess what the government will say later today and that is not good enough.

Report: TfL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum, 9 June

TfL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Trade Union Engagement Forum, 9 June 2021

Report from Janine Booth (RMT)

 

After a long break, the Forum met on Teams on 9 June 2021. Janine Booth and Glen Hart attended on behalf of RMT. ASLEF, TSSA and Unite were also present, but other TfL unions were not. This forum is separate from the collective bargaining machinery, but more sharing of information between them would be helpful.

“If we want passengers to have the confidence to use our trains, we need to take back control of cleaning"

As rail industry announces inquiry into whether to end outsourcing of train and station cleaning new report reveals cleaners don’t have enough staff to do jobs properly and ending outsourcing would improve standards.

Almost half the cleaners working on Britain’s rail network believe they don’t have enough staff to do their jobs properly whilst a majority say that their employers put profits before public health and passengers would benefit more if cleaners were employed in-house rather than being outsourced, according to a new report published by RMT today.