24th May RMT Circular
FIXED TERM CONTRACTS, WORKSHOP STAFF, PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/13/2)
Further to my previous Circular (IR/193/17, 9th May 2017), the following resolution has been received from LU Fleet Branch:-
“This Branch resolved to call on the Union’s NEC to inform the Company that we are now in dispute regarding the intended implementation of a two tier workforce within Piccadilly Line Fleet, after talks with Tube Lines management aimed at resolving a dispute, it has become clear, management, directed by LUL are now willing to chop up our members long term job security by the imposition of 35 fixed term staff allocated to the Piccadilly Line.
After canvassing our members’ views, they have made clear that the casualisation of work carried out by our staff will not be tolerated. The Reps in conduit of its members therefore also resolve that the ballot matrix for fleet staff at Northfields and Cockfosters Depots is now prepared in effect to execute our members’ wishes that this issue is fought with the utmost determination, to include industrial action and industrial action short of a strike”.
This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which commends the view of the Branch to halt the attempted introduction of a two tier workforce and seek proper permanent employment for all future members joining the company. In line with the decision, I have informed the Company that a dispute now exists over this issue and I am making the necessary preparations to conduct a ballot of affected members. I will keep Branches advised of all further developments.
BREACH OF CORE WORK AGREEMENT, CONTRACTING OUT AND USE OF SECONDARY SUBCONTRACTORS – FLEET GRADES – LUL (LUL/13/1)
Further to my previous Circular (IR/134/17, 27th March 2017), the National Executive Committee has consulted with the Lead Officer and LU Fleet Branch Reps concerning the latest correspondence from the Company and welcomes the offer from London Underground to pursue the matter with Bombardier and liaise with our Representatives.
In line with the NEC decision, I have informed the Company that this dispute is resolved subject to the commitments given. RMT will of course continue to monitor this situation and I will keep Branches advised of any further developments.