RMT Challenges Poor Treatment of Workers on Telent/Quinns LU Contract

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the resolution from our LU Engineering branch. We fully support its view that the union needs to challenge the dire treatment of our members on the Telent/Quinns partnership working on LUL Contracts, who have received no pay rise for years and who feel that they are generally treated with contempt.

The branch reports that members are asking for industrial action in defence of their pay and conditions, especially as Olympic preparations are being put in place that ignore their rights and working practices.

We therefore instruct the General Secretary to carry out the following actions as a matter of urgency:

  1. convene a national meeting of Telent representatives/ officers and branch officials, with GGC members invited to attend, to discuss a national strike;
  2. arrange for the Organising Unit to assist the branch with an immediate, short-term recruiting campaign at these two companies.
  3. lodge recognition requests with MJ Quinns on the LUL Contract following this campaign.
  4. place this matter back in front of us after this campaign concludes at the end of March, when we will consider balloting for strike action and action short of strikes should the employer not have tabled acceptable offers over pay and the Olympics.

London Transport Regional Council and relevant branches to be advised.

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