RMT Reiterates Concerns As LU Plan To Use Minimally Trained Staff To keep Stations Open During The Olympics

We instruct the General Secretary to make preparation for a ballot for industrial action short of strikes

We note that London Underground intends to count ‘Incident Customer Service Assistants’ towards minimum numbers for station staffing, despite the fact that these are not station staff and have minimal training. This union reaffirms our opposition to this, and notes that we are already in dispute with LUL about this matter, which has been referred to ACAS.

We instruct the General Secretary to:

  • ensure that the talks at ACAS take place without further delay
  • draft a briefing outlining our position on this issue, and use this as a basis for information to our own members and the public via leaflets, press releases etc
  • contact our relevant representatives and the TSSA to discuss raising the issue on behalf of ICSAs themselves, as being counted towards minimum numbers may place them in danger
  • make all necessary preparation for a ballot for industrial action short of strikes, to enable our members to refuse to comply with this disastrous policy

We also note that this dispute also includes London Underground’s plans for mobile station supervision and the continuing use of agency and security staff on the ex-Silverlink stations, and instruct the General Secretary to ensure that these matters are pursued.

All developments, and reports from talks, to be placed in front of us.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.

What is a National Executive Committee decision?

This article is an 'executive decision' which has been written by the RMT National Executive Committee. The National Executive is the union's governing body in between AGMs. Its decisions set out what the union will do on a particular issue.

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