LUL's Attempts To Solicit Applications For Voluntary Severance 'Potentially Unlawful' Believes RMT

We note the legal advice, that LUL's attempts to solicit applications for Voluntary Severance during the period of consultation on 'Fit For the Future - Stations' is potentially unlawful. A consultation is not genuine if the employer is already implementing the policy that it is supposed to be consulting on! We instruct the General Secretary to write to LUL immediately, insisting that it withdraw all documentation inviting staff to apply for Voluntary Severance until after the consultation is complete.

We note that RMT is participating fully in consultation with LUL about its 'Fit For the Future - Stations' proposals. Indeed, it is RMT that is insisting on a genuine consultation, against management's attempts to bounce the trade unions through a sham 'consultation'. RMT is attending Joint Working Party meetings, asking pertinent questions, tabling key issues for discussion, and proposing an alternative to job cuts. LUL, however, is evading our points and questions, and tried to devolve the consultation down to a lower (functional) level just one day after talks had commenced in an attempt to shift the consultation from whether the company should cut jobs to how it should cut jobs. It is right that RMT, supported by the other unions, refused to go along with this.

It is deplorable that LUL is presenting this situation to staff as RMT refusing to take part in consultation, while the facts show that the opposite is true. To counter this disingenuous and malicious propaganda, we instruct the General Secretary to ensure that a summary report is circulated immediately after each consultation meeting, and that letters between RMT and TfL/LUL on this matter are made available to our members.

We further note the legal opinion concerning LUL’s Equality Impact Assessment, and the importance of the equalities aspects of LUL's plans. We instruct the General Secretary to convene a meeting of the lead officer, the GGC member for London Transport region and the LUL employees who are members of each of our Women’s, Black & Ethnic Minority, LGBT and Young Members advisory committees, and to place a report of this meeting in front of us. To allow genuine consultation, LUL should release these members to attend this meeting.

We further note the partial response from LUL to our questions about finances, and await the company's more comprehensive reply. TfL's published accounts reveal that it paid 328 people more than £100,000 in 2012/13, 33 of them more than £200,000, including Commissioner Peter Hendy's £652,452. If TfL introduced a maximum wage of £100,000, it would save around £14 million per year, nearly one-third of the £50m annual saving it is trying to make by cutting station staff. Further, in the same year, 200 people left TfL through severance or redundancy, with TfL paying them a total of £12.7m to go. We recommend that TfL should spend its money paying people to work on London’s transport rather than paying them to leave.

We further note the response from ASLEF agreeing to meet us to discuss campaigning against these job cuts, and instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this meeting takes place as a matter of urgency and place a report in front of us.

LT Regional Council and branches to be advised. London Underground members to be advised by rmtmail.

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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.

These decisions can often be brief, and may be one of several passed over a period of time. To get a better understanding or find out more information about what the RMT is doing, speak to your rep or attend your branch or Regional Council meeting.