RMT Executive decisions

Decisions of RMT's Council of Executives, and of RMT's General Grades Committee (the section of the Council of Executives which deals with industrial matters for railway and other non-shipping grades)

Update: Talks with TSSA about LU Job Cuts Dispute

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the memorandum stating that the meeting with the TSSA will be held next Wednesday, 19 January, and are disappointed that the meeting could not be held earlier.

We instruct the General Secretary to place this matter back in front of the GGC on Wednesday 19 January, immediately following the meeting with the TSSA.

Asbestos Contamination, Central Line (East End)

RMT General Grades Committee decision ...

That we note the absence of a reply from London Underground on this matter. We instruct the General Secretary to urgently contact the company demanding a reply.

We also seek the views of the relevant branch, Stratford no.1, on how this matter should be pursued, and instruct the General Secretary to place this matter back in front of the GGC once those views have been received.

Power Control Room and Track Access Control: RMT to hold referendum of members on grade progression

General Grades Committee decision ...

That we note the report from our Regional Organiser. We agree that the offer from London Underground to our members regarding grade progression is unacceptable, and instruct the General Secretary to conduct a referendum of members in the LU Power Control Room and a referendum of Track Access Controller members, with a recommendation in both cases to reject the company’s offer. We instruct the General Secretary to send a personal letter to all members in these grades explaining the union’s stance.

Feeder Rank System - Heathrow Airport Taxi Drivers

Decision from RMT's General Grades Committee

That we note the accounts of the HALT Society and the resolution of our London Taxis branch (12/1/11) calling on us to bring the issue regarding Heathrow Airport Licensed Taxis (HALT) to a satisfactory conclusion for our members by taking the necessary legal action.

We instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting as soon as practical with our legal representatives and London Taxis branch officers to pursue this matter.

DLR: Decision for Strike Action

RMT's General Grades Committee adopted the following report from the Southern Sub-Committee:

Following consultation with our Docklands Light Railway branch, we instruct our members on Serco Docklands to take strike action and action short of strikes in pursuit of our dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations as follows:

Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts commencing from 03:59 on Thursday 20 January until 03:59 on Saturday 22 January.

JOB CUTS – LONDON UNDERGROUND

From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow:

I write to advise members of the latest situation in our dispute with London Underground over their planned job cuts. Many of you may have today seen the totally false reports made by the BBC that RMT had decided not to call strike action in January. Please be assured that this statement is totally false and your Executive continues to deliberate on the way forward. Nothing has been ruled in or ruled out at this stage.

The General Grades Committee has today met to discuss the dispute and the following decision has been taken: -

Breakdown in Industrial Relations - Serco Docklands - Ballot result

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the ballot result is as follows:-

Are you prepared to take strike action?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 162
Number Voting No 36
Spoilt 0

Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

Total Votes Cast 198
Number Voting Yes 175
Number Voting No 21
Spoilt 2

More Action to Stop London Underground Job Cuts

RMT's General Grades Committee today took a detailed decision about our continuing fight against London Underground job cuts. The full decision is below. In summary:

  • We oppose LU plans for two trials of new ticketing procedures.
  • We are exposing the extent to which LU's planned staffing cuts will leave stations completely unstaffed for periods during the day.
  • We will call a 48-hour strike, with dispute payments to strikers; this will take place later in January, with dates named after consultation with TSSA.
  • We will ensure that there is plenty of communication with members about the talks and about the action, and efforts to win public support and promote our case.

Drivers on Two Lines to Strike Again in Defence of Sacked Workmates

RMT members on the Bakerloo line and at Morden depot on the Northern line are to strike for 24 hours in two separate disputes about the sacking of colleagues Eamonn Lynch and Arwyn Thomas.

RMT's General Grades Committee has taken the following two decisions:

In line with the request of our Morden and Oval branch, all members at Morden traincrew depot are instructed not to book on for any duty that commences between 21:00 hours on Friday 14 January and 20:59 hours on Saturday 15 January.

London Underground Job Cuts - the fight continues

RMT's General Grades Committee has today taken the following decision:

That we note the views of our representatives freely expressed at the meeting on 20th December in the Indian YMCA Hall.

We further note the report from our Regional Organiser.

The General Secretary is instructed to liaise with our sister union and make clear to our members and LU Management that unless real progress is achieved on this issue we may name further days of industrial action in support of a safe working system and in defence of jobs.

The General Secretary is further instructed to continue our campaign in the media and by other means to highlight the increasing risks to safety created by understaffing and at time non-staffing on stations and other jobs on the system.

Earlier this week, RMT's Council of Executives agreed to make dispute payments to members in the event of further strike action in the LU Job Cuts dispute.