Useful links

Links to other websites of use or interest to RMT members in the London Transport region

Transport For All Describes Tube Plan To Replace People With Machines As Living In La-la-land

Transport For All; the charity campaigning for a fully accessible, reliable and affordable transport network for disabled and older Londoners has written to the Evening Standard describing the horror that disabled and older passengers will feel over tube bosses plans to cut staff.

Transport For All describe it as living in la-la-land to think cctv and ticket machines is a suitable alternative to station staff for the 43% of wheelchair users who have suffered hate crime on the tube, or the 29% of disabled people who feel unsafe using the underground.

The Letter

Tube Boss Mike Brown Reveals Plans For Tube Cuts To Transport Committee

London Underground Boss Mike Brown has spoken to the Greater London Authority Transport Commitee About plans for cuts at London Underground.

The details are rather vague, but it would appear that changes to staffing will be announced within a month or so, followed by a 90 day consultation period.

You can watch the video here.
You can read full transcript of Mike Brown's submission here.

Petitions Call For Ticket Office Closures To Be Scrapped

The following petitions from various groups are all calling for London Underground ticket offices to be protected.

Please consider adding your signature:

  • Boris: keep your promise - sign the 38 Degrees petition to keep ticket offices open in the London underground.
  • This Labour Party campaign calls for lower fares and the protection of ticker offices - www.greattorytrainrobbery.co.uk/

New Parental Leave Regulations

That we note this matter originated from the GGC and from a letter from London Underground regarding Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013.

The General Secretary is to write to all employers to confirm that they are incorporating the directive into our members’ contracts of employment. We would hope that the progressive employers would pay for our members to have parental leave.

You can read these regulations here

In The News: RMT Respond To Whitechapel Ticket Office Closure Threat

The threat of the closure of Whitechapel ticket office has been reported in both the local and national press.

RMT has registered its strong opposition to plans to remove the ticket office from Whitechapel station during the process of rebuilding the station for it to be served by Crossrail. The plans totally ignore the fact that the station serves an area which includes a busy market and a major hospital. The area is also known for its diverse local population, many of whom need to access staff support at an open ticket office rather than rely on ticket-issuing machines – machines that are vulnerable to vandalism.

Bob Crow To Appear On BBC Question Time

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow will appear on BBC Question Time this Thursday at 22:35. Other guests will include Stephen Twigg MP and Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips.

Bob Crow said in a letter to RMT members "I will be using the opportunity to make the case for worker's rights, public services and the defence of jobs and decent wages and working conditions."

If you miss the show it will be available here on the BBC Iplayer shortly after broadcast.

What Does A Union Learner Rep Do?

For more information about Union Learner Reps in London speak with your branch secretary or contact Sharon Allen.

Interested in becoming a Union Learning Representative?

"RMT takes education very seriously and we know how education empowers people to become activists, to move on in their careers and take control in their personal lives. The ULR role is vital in supporting members in the workplace to take up worthwhile, enjoyable and sometimes life changing learning opportunities." - Bob Crow, General Secretary.