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'Excessive Track Noise' dispute returns a big yes vote

10th September 2019
Dear Colleague,


I write to advise you that the ballot has now closed and the result is as follows: -

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

Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot: 748

Number of votes cast in the ballot: 385

Number of individuals answering “Yes” to the question: 371

Excessive track noise ballot: time is running out to vote YES

Danger noise hazard sign
  • Please download the attached poster and display it in your depot on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria Lines.

Ballot papers have arrived. All members should vote YES for action short of strike, now. Time is running out; the ballot closes on September 10th so if you haven’t already posted your ballot paper please do it today.

The RMT have been forced to escalate this action due to LU offering insufficient mitigation to the problem.

RMT Upfront: Track noise ballot poster

track noise ballot poster
  • Please display this poster in depots on the  Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria Lines.

The RMT union has now begun balloting all Train Operators, Night Tube Train Operators and Instruct Operators on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria Lines. We are balloting for action short of a strike to drive in manual mode at an appropriate reduced speed to mitigate the creation of excessive noise and to alleviate the distraction, discomfort and anxiety caused in the affected areas. 


Update on driver's cab security


That we note the report from our Lead Officer and commend our Train Safety Council on the progress made so far on this serious matter.

We instruct the General Secretary to place an updated report back in front of the NEC upon any significant developments and/or prior to the November 2019 implementation date.

Members to be advised by email & text.

All operational LUL branches & the London Transport Regional Council to be advised.

RMT to ballot over excessive track noise

Ear protectors

That we note the Lead Officer has consulted the representatives regarding the lack of progress by management on this issue; and our members need protection from the excessive noise where these poor track conditions exist.

Therefore, we instruct the General Secretary to ballot all Train Operators and Operator Instructors on the Jubilee, Central, Victoria and Northern Lines for industrial action for action short of a strike; namely:

Track noise meeting called

Ear protectors


That we note the correspondence on file from the Lead officer in relation to the company’s unsatisfactory response, and we instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting asap of all affected Train Operator H&S reps, the Trains Safety Council, Lead Officer, Senior Assistant General Secretary and members of the NEC in attendance.

Members to be advised by email & text.
Relevant branches and the London Transport Regional Council.