Justice for the 33 the fight goes on- Demo outside Windsor Hse HQ of TfL 24 Jan 0800

On 19 December 2012 London Underground sacked 33 agency workers who had been employed on LUL contracts for the past 5 years. They were denied applying for jobs that were available on LUL despite the agency workers regs expressly forbidding this.

We have held demos at Wembley Central, Broadway, Queens Park and Hammersmith to highlight the immoral and unjust sacking of 33 RMT members who worked for the trainpeople agency on the Bakerloo and District lines. We have visited all the stations on the groups and received positive support from all staff, irrespective of which union they are in. To sack 33 workers just before Christmas is unbelievably cruel.
These workers have been employed as station staff for the last 5 years. Probably the longest job interview/role play known to anyone.
They have been used, abused and refused by LUL. Initially they were prevented from applying for vacancies on LUL. When they exercised their rights under the Agency Worker regs(AWR) LUL rejected their applications. After appealing, 40 agency workers applied but only 1 got through the selection process. Statistically suspicious? Certainly.
How can a group of workers fail assessments to do the jobs they have been doing for 5 years? Can the criteria LUL require the agency to use when recruiting staff be so different?
It does not take a genius to conclude that this does not add up.
Legally and morally LUL are culpable here. Justice for the 33. Sack the agency not the workers

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