Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Online Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival - 17-19th July 2020

This year's Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival is now taking place online over the weekend of Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July.

Across the weekend there will be various discussions, debates and lectures on topical issues as well as music, comedy and film.

There will also be a virtual wreath-laying, rally and grand procession. Union members can join in by posting pictures of their union banners on social media, and use the hashtag #BannersatTolpuddle

RMT calls on the Government to ensure the COVID19 recovery does not make climate crisis worse

TRANSPORT UNION RMT called on the Government to ensure the COVID19 recovery does not make climate crisis worse in response to the transport use statistics released today by the Department for Transport today that show car use continuing to rise rapidly towards pre-COVID19 crisis levels.

Statistics show last week (week beginning 22nd June) saw the fastest rise in car use and ‘all vehicle use’, that includes light goods vehicles and heavy goods vehicles, since lockdown began on 23rd March. 

Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said:

As Coronavirus crisis rages on, Tory prime minister calls for driverless tube trains

RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

"It is outrageous for Boris Johnson to wheel out the dangerous nonsense of driverless trains as a condition of the emergency Covid-19 funding of Transport for London. This is the sort of cheap political stunt that was a hallmark of his time as Mayor and we would have hoped he would have grown up by now.

Jubilee South branch stands in solidarity with striking Tower Hamlets council workers

Council workers in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets are due to strike on 3, 6, and 7 July, against their bosses' plans to dismiss thousands of workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions.

At its meeting on 1 July, RMT Jubilee South branch, which organises workers at Canary Wharf station, in the borough of Tower Hamlets, launched a solidarity statement in support of the strike, and donated £200 to the workers' strike fund. RMT activists are organising to secure additional branch and individual signatories to the statement.

'Zero hours' employment in Tube control rooms unacceptable


I previously advised you that a dispute situation arose when London Underground sought to bring back retired staff in to perform Service Control duties, but on agency terms and conditions and on zero hours contracts (Ref: IR/159/20, 1st May 2020).

LONDON mayor who praised Tube cleaners again denies them free travel

Dear colleague


I advised you in a previous circular that your National Executive Committee had instructed me to write to London Mayor Sadiq Khan following TfL’s rejection of your union’s demands to provide free travel for cleaners during the Covid-19 crisis (Ref: IR/159/20, 1st May 2020).

4LM Upgrades News, July 2020

4LM Upgrades News has the latest information about the upgrades plans for the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle Lines.

Please download the newsletter to read it. You can also share it online or print it out and display it in your 4LM depot.


Upgrades News: RMT secures agreement on driving cabs for new trains

Following lengthy and ongoing discussions between RMT and LU, we have finally received confirmation that the new Piccadilly Line trains will be built with a driver’s cab, and that these cabs will remain for the entire lifespan of the trains. 

- Get all the latest information on the Piccadilly Line upgrades by downloading the attached Upgrades news.