Ballot to Strike Called Over Rate of Pay for LUL Staff

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This is an extract of RMT's Official circular regarding LUL - IR/296/09 dated 9th October 2009 from General Secretary Bob Crow

As you will be aware, RMT has been in a dispute situation with LUL for most of this year. There have been several areas of dispute including this year’s pay claim, breaches of agreements and threats to jobs.

We can fairly say that thanks to a firm stand by RMT the issues have all been resolved with the exception of the pay claim. As things currently stand, the offer on the table remains as follows:

Year 1: 1.5% increase from 1st April 2009.

Year 2: February 2010 RPI + 0.5% or 0.5% whichever is the greater from 1st April 2010.

This situation was put to a mass meeting of industrial representatives this week and the unanimous view was that this offer is unacceptable.

The General Grades Committee has therefore subsequently decided to ballot all LUL members for both strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

It is quite clear that LUL are unlikely to improve their offer without further pressure and unless we accept the two year offer on the table, it is necessary to take action.

I will now be giving my attention to preparing for the ballot and I will report further with a formal timetable for it as soon as I am able.