- Year 1 – 2.7% (RPI Feb 2019 +0.2%)
- Year 2 – 1.4% plus 30 minute reduction in working week (three banked rest days – target implementation date: mid 2020)
- Year 3 – RPI Feb 2021 +0.2%
- Year 4 – 1.4% plus further 30 minute reduction in working week (three further banked rest days)
- refuse to train staff in any unagreed LUL grade or any grade that is not directly employed by London Underground limited to carry out revenue protection roles
RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA (RCS)
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Respiratory Health has urged the Government to take action to prevent the ‘next asbestos’ from taking more lives in the UK.
The APPG and not-for-profit organisation Building and Civil Engineering (B&CE)’s joint report, Silica – the next asbestos?, examines the danger posed by respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
The link to the APPG/B&CE report is at
In a 2014 report, the HSE stated that silica is the biggest risk to construction workers after asbestos:
Around 600,000 UK workers are exposed to RCS each year, which is created when bricks or stone are either fractured, cut or drilled into. This can cause silicosis, the most common chronic occupational lung disease in the world. In Australia, the recent rise in cases of silicosis has been described as an ‘emerging occupational health epidemic’.
The new report calls on the Government to take a number of crucial steps to address these issues and protect construction workers from exposure to RCS.
These recommendations include:
- Halving the workplace exposure limit (WEL) for RCS in the UK from 0.1mg/m3 to 0.05mg/m3 in line with the 2003 recommended exposure standard from the Scientific Committee on Occupation Exposure Limits
- Developing and implementing a targeted industry awareness campaign for those at risk of developing silicosis
- Introducing occupational health services into GP surgeries to allow for occupational histories to be taken where work-related ill health is suspected
- Introducing new health and safety regulations specifically relating to the control of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), to bring it into line with asbestos
- Introducing an NHS screening programme for those exposed to RCS
Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the APPG for Respiratory Health, said:
“This inquiry has given us real insight into the steps being taken to improve at-work health, especially around the issue of silica dust. We hope this report will assist the Health and Safety Executive, the Government and the construction industry to shine light on an under-documented issue and protect the construction workforce from preventable injury and illnesses.”
One of those to submit evidence to the inquiry was Gordon Sommerville, 59, from Scotland, who retired from his work as a stone mason and builder due to ill-health. In his evidence, he recalled almost non-existent levels of industry awareness to the dangers of inhaling dust at the start of his 38-year career.
He said: “Today, colleges teach stoneworkers of the dangers, the
HSE runs awareness campaigns and larger companies will supply employees with respiratory protection. But still the danger of dust has not filtered through to most and ignorance is still the major cause of dust diseases.”
I also draw your attention to RMT’s own publication, “Danger Dust”, which is available online at
It is important to remember that not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos develops an asbestos related disease, and that the development of a serious illness as a result of exposure to asbestos is rare. However, for those who do develop a disease, the effects can be devastating.
Recording information about exposure on a database will enable RMT and its solicitors to help those who wish to make a claim in the future by speeding up the process of obtaining compensation.
If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos in your current or a former workplace anywhere in the UK and at any time in the place no matter how long ago, you should complete the Asbestos Exposure Questionnaire.
Alternatively you can have a form sent to you by calling the
Thompsons helpline on 0800 587 7516.
Post the completed form to:
23 Princess Street
Please note that you cannot fill in this form online.
Members who registered their details on the previous RMT asbestos register can be assured that their information will be retained.
If you are not sure if you did register your details, please do so again now.
CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – USEFUL ADVICE
I attach, for your information, the following documents:
- The World Health Organisation document “Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19”
- The International Association of Public Transport document “Management of COVID-19: Guidelines for Public Transport Operators”
- Network Rail’s “Healthy Hour” pack, which contains links to advice for critical locations when responding to a potential case of COVID-19 among colleagues and a daily updated list of specified countries within Category 1 and Category 2.
It is advised that travellers returning from category 1 countries specified by Public Health England (PHE) since 19th February 2020 should immediately self-isolate at home, even if not symptomatic, and call NHS 111 (known as NHS 24 in Scotland) to find out what to do next. They should inform their line manager by telephone or email ASAP to discuss this.
It is advised that travellers from category 2 countries specified by PHE since 19th February 2020, do not need to immediately self-isolate. However, it is recommended they have a conversation with their line manager and subject to role/location, local consideration be given to whether they should return to work. If they develop any symptoms, they should self-isolate at home and call NHS 111.
Please make the contents of this Circular available to all appropriate members.
RMT says London Mayor’s coronavirus transport cleaning announcement is completely inadequate
TUBE UNION RMT says that the London Mayor’s coronavirus transport cleaning announcement today is completely inadequate and calls into question the decision to privatise tube cleaning.
Responding to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s statement, RMT General Mick Cash said:
“The New York subway, where cleaning is done by directly employed staff in the public sector, will be deep-cleaned every three days, according to a recent announcement.
“In contrast, what the Mayor of London has announced looks significantly less than that and our worry is that he’s being limited in what he can do because London Underground’s cleaning is outsourced.
“That’s why RMT has written to the Mayor seeking assurances that the decision to privatise tube cleaning is not compromising passenger safety.
“It would also be completely unacceptable if the privatised tube cleaning company ABM were to profit out of this crisis and this whole episode confirms once again that like New York, Tube cleaning in London needs to be taking into public ownership.”
MARCH AGAINST RACISM – DEMONSTRATIONS IN LONDON AND GLASGOW, 21 MARCH
21 March is United Nations Anti-Racism Day. Stand Up to Racism, to which RMT is affiliated, are organising demonstrations in London and Glasgow to mark this day and to protest at the rise of mass support for racist and fascist forces worldwide.
The Glasgow demo is titled ‘March against Racist Johnson’ and is supported by unions from across Scotland. It will begin at 11am
in St George’s Square.
The London demo is titled ‘March against Racism’ and will set off from Portland Place, London W1A at noon.
Full details are here:
RMT branches and members are encouraged to support these marches against racism and fascism and show our solidarity with those fighting the rise of the far right internationally.
The next meeting of the LT Retired Members Branch will be on Tuesday 3rd March at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton St NW1 1JD.
Our Guest speaker will be brand new LT Executive Member Jared Wood talking about the issues currently facing RMT on the Underground and LT.
We’ll also discuss retirement issues, and hear reports on a range of other issues including a report from the Branch members who took part in the recent on the Regional Recruitment Day.
Lesley is proposing that we join the RMT coach to the Tolpuddle Festival. Dates of that and other events below.
Our Branch Membership Officer Kate has hit the ground running and will unveil the latest plans to increase the Branch membership using RMTs database.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.
All the best,
Coming Up in 2020
8 March International Womens Day, Ealing Trades Council event
1 May London May Day March
10 June RMT Cuba Solidarity Garden Party, Clapham
4th July Women Chainmakers festival, near Birmingham
11 July Durham Miners Gala19 July Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorset (from Friday 17th for the full festival)
6 September Burston Strike School Rally, Norfolk
12 September Wigan Diggers Festival
Our Branch Meetings
Tuesday 3rd March from 14.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 5th May from 14.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 7th July from 14.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 1st September from 14.00 to 16.00
Tuesday 3rd November from 14.00 to 16.00
All in Unity House, 39 Chalton Street NW1 1JD.
The London Transport Regional Council meets tonight at the Indian YMCA, nearest station Warren Street, from 4pm.
Our meeting will be followed by a Trade Union Rally, chaired by RMT President Michelle Rogers and feature speakers from French Rail Union, CGT Versailles, RMT AGS Steve Hedley, and includes other Trade Union’s in dispute; UCU,UVW amongst others.
Hope you’re able to make both events.
London Transport Regional Council Secretary
This is just to update you all that the branch carried out a survey on the two LUL pay offers. It is now closed.
This survey was to help our negotiators understand better what our members want and that our members are streadfastly determined to fight to better their terms and conditions. To that end, we won’t reveal the survey votes at this time to ensure that we negotiate the best deal for you. However, I can confirm the replies was overwhelming and extremely strong.
Under the law, should we ballot we must reach certain thresholds and in just 8 hours, we recieved over 600 completed replied.
We do recognise that survey’s such as this, and others are not the only way to reach and interact with our members but it is a useful tool to contact you all fast.
Please continue to feedback your views to our reps and come to the branch.
If you did not recieve a messgae, it was ONLY sent to members of the LUEngineering Branch working for LUL.
But also please check that your contact details are correct by logging in at: