Motion To TUC Calls For London Mayor To Improve Tube Safety Not Attack Union Rights

This is the RMT emergency motion which will be put to TUC congress

Congress notes the “Struck Out” report issued by the Greater London Authority Conservatives on 22nd August 2013 proposing to ban strikes on London Transport and instead use “binding pendulum arbitration" - in which a judge or panel would choose between the positions of the trade union and Transport for London.

Congress further notes “Struck Out” was used by the Tories to seek to undermine strike action to be taken by London Overground Guards on 25th August against plans to introduce Driver Only Operation as a result of cuts to the Transport for London budget.

Congress is alarmed that the consequences of this new Tory policy is that it could be adopted by the Tories nationally as part of their wider anti-union agenda and will also encourage the London Mayor to drive through widespread staffing cuts on London Transport without considering the genuine safety concerns that have been raised in respect of the impact of these cuts.

“Struck Out” will also reinforce the Mayor’s anti–union agenda, the effect of which has meant that he has never met the trade unions to discuss industrial concerns.

Congress calls on the General Council to

  • Support representations to the Mayor and Government opposing “Struck Out”
  • Consider using the recently agreed Action for Rail London wide day of action on 23 October against London Transport cuts to ask the Mayor and GLA members to address the safety concerns of passengers and workers instead of adopting an aggressive approach to industrial relations.

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  • Read the conference agenda here

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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.