Ever wondered what the General Secretary does and how they are elected?
Ever wondered what the General Secretary does and how they are elected?
Ever wondered what an RMT branch is? Then watch the video below:
The new LUEngineering APP and website is nearing its official launch and will be a replacement to our existing app and website.
We are in BETA testing and also updating text (hence why there is still some text filler, ‘Lorum Ipsum’) and content but thought people might like a quick look at the work we are doing.
We are looking to improve functionality to our APP and website and also introduce anonymous and confidential incident reporting that we believe will be beneficial to all our members especially those that are classified as vulnerable.
We want to engage and talk to our members and we hope that once working, that you will see it as an essential part of your trade union membership.
We also hope that it becomes a platform for other branches and grades to also produce further and more diverse ways to communicate with you all.
I am standing for the position of General Secretary and would ask that your branch considers supporting my nomination.
I am the current Senior Assistant General Secretary of our great union and have done this job for 6 years.Before that I was a
assistant General Secretary for over two years a regional organiser for four years ,a regional council and branch secretary, a tier two and local rep. All in all I’ve spent 32 years in the service of our members in the RMT/NUR and have represented all grades in some capacity in that time.
In Standing for RMT General Secretary I wish to make it clear from the outset that I will be fighting my campaign on policies not personalities.
I will not attack my opponents and would ask all my supporters to refrain from destructive personal attacks.
When this is all over we need to rebuild unity with everyone in our great union to fight the massive attacks coming our way .
I’m standing for a members led union where as General Secretary (servant of the members)I will work closely with the NEC, officers and reps to defend jobs, safety, terms and conditions and pay.
I want the RMT leading the trade union movement industrially and politically.
I want our union free from influences in the TUC and Labour Party who want to stifle action and instead promote partnership with the very bosses who are attacking us. The Covid crisis has provided the government with a smokescreen to attack us and the whole union movement,we must build the largest possible coalition of unions ,trades councils, community, disabled and passenger groups to defend ourselves against this.
I know the right wing establishment hate me and I see this as a badge of honour. I also know they fear me as someone who will fight to the end to defend our members and our class.I am expecting them to attack and slander me during the General Secretary campaign and whilst this won’t be pleasant with your support we will prevail.
Since becoming Senior Assistant General Secretary I have not taken a pay rise but have donated around £15,000 pounds a year to our RMT fighting fund instead.If elected General Secretary I again will not take a pay rise and will keep donating to our strike fund .In my opinion if a Union leader takes a huge pay cheque they forget what it’s like for our members and this is why I don’t now and never will do that .
We as workers are in an unprecedented situation we need a clear militant industrial strategy to beat off the forthcoming government attacks .We need to call on all forces friendly to the workers movement to fight by our side .Most of all we need unity in our own union and someone able to inspire our members and make them believe they can win.
I have a track record of 32 years union activity always at the forefront of the struggle.The bosses will fear me as General Secretary as they know I cannot be bought or intimidated.
I am not motivated by money or ego but by love of the working class and a burning desire to better the lives of all our members. For these reasons I humbly ask that you support me in the General Secretary’s election.
Senior Assistant General Secretary
The Fund has now raised almost £6,000 and we have moved from raising money to helping our members that are in need.
So far we have supported members affected by the Covid and the Covid shutdown and have suffered severe financial stress. This has included people unable to work and also a person that lost their loved one to this terrible illness.
When working people stand together, we can make a difference and help change lives, even if just in a small way.
If you are an RMT member, in our branch and have been affected by covid then you may also be able to claim assistance.
if so please fill out the form below and we will get back to you.
Your branch is continuing to meeting on the first and third wednesday of every month.
Should you yes an invite, then please contact us [email protected]
You will need the software to run ‘zoom’ and have to identify yourself so that we all know who each other is
|Track and Signals Tier 2:||
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices.
· Risk Assessments are either done or in process.
· Looking at sharing best practice around areas.
· Looking at fire doors being automatically released in the event of a fire (trial being undertaken) so that they can be left open for Covid-19 ventilation.
· Vehicle access and social isolation being looked at.
· SOO waivers being investigate as to what has been changed and why no consultation.
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices.
· Work TO scheme agreement ready for sign off by he Head of Signals.
· DSIMs back at work, need to chase up.
· Need to get the JNP reps invited to Covid Updates ref SMD.
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices. Some work now return but funding issues remain. Staff back on Sunday and TDU doing small works. Not full rerailing yet and nearly there with risks assessments. TDS progressing on
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices. Issue with meeting invites.
|R&E/ TLL & Stations||
Furloughed 95% of staff for at least 3 weeks and would receive a letter when needed.
· Told not to use company phones or iPads and make a declaration of not doing any work for TfL. Budget cut by 2/3. 6 people now off furlough but nothing changed. Back to work schedule has been created but not implemented.
· TU’s assured that no loss of head count but there may be redistribution of staff to other areas.
· No remedial works and no project work
|Stations & Civils||
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices. COVID bolt on to define essential and non-essential work. Certain works now going ahead and have the support of local managers in going forward.
Portal was implemented without discussions. No training and poor instructions on NEPA. No communications with the senior management, only via bulletins. Issue was challenged and was told this was to deal with COVID however, this has been expanded now to also include exclusion areas etc. End users also need to pursue this issue. 7 ON and 7 OFF system working well as is the back up location.
Will all be given jobs and will be given the opportunity to complete the apprenticeship. Some retention issues in R&E being resolved.
General discussions on a full return to work and continued safe practices. Issues with BAME risk assessments and Works TOs in incident
|Tampers and ETOs||
Looking to un-furloughed all staff from Monday if confirmed as back to the new Normal, 2m isolation and PPE.
8 BTR’s potential but awaiting further finance sign off. Maybe restart mid-week BTR from mid-August. Tamping budget will increase if BTR budget is reduced.
|TLL Escalator Maintenance||
Looking to ramp up the work soon. Expected approx. 20% most work can do. Local H&S Reps have been doing suite visits and ensuring that the worksites are safe.
LUL stated that they was going to remove annual leave from furloughed staff. On-going discussions at Company Council. LUL will not move on this and it is obviously completely disappointing and likely to impact sick rates. LUL have also announced they this is also going to apply to people that are currently off for shielding. Bro has stated what is the union policy on this matter and how was they pursuing it.
Bro proposed sending it to the Branch Executive. Meeting to be set up within 7 days.
|Back Pay: LU/ TLL Company Council||
LUL are refusing to pay staff that left. Bro to run a test case.
Asked LUL to pay it now that it has been reinstated and increased. LUL have stated that it will be on a case by case basis. Issue closed
|Covid Risk Assessments||
All areas need to complete these and have certificate displayed.
|LUL BAME Risk Assessments||
People need to aware that these should be carried out and that the use of central communications was not appropriate and that we need to move to a more local approach. The onus should be away from the individuals and the RMT had major concerns regarding how LUL was looking into this issue. Sis has sent out documents but their starting point risk assessment was for White Finger Vibration issue which was unacceptable.
Concerns that glasses were misting up with the face masks. LUL is looking special products that can be used.
|Minimum Numbers in the Van||
Concerns ref minimum numbers and the need to maintaining 2m distance. Only driver in the front and space in the back. For example 10 seater minibus means only 4 able to travel in to. All vans need to have a Covid assessment, maybe wear masks and have internal cleaning. Do need more vehicles and need more people to volunteer to drive. Action: Bro to distribute any guidelines.
It was reported that cover as now mentioned in the company guidance but people need to check their own insurance.
Looking at phasing course start times, all agreed but joining instructions not updated
|Thermal Monitoring of staff||
Should not be to do away with other protections and at the start and not in place of PPE. If high temp then staff go home. Need to progress pay for non-permanent staff. Branch position generally in favour.
|LUL BAME Risk Aseessments Meetings||
Awaiting further meetings on the issue but unclear if its at company council level or the distinct meetings
Bro reported that Company Council has stated that guidance was now chasing and LUL had now restarted doing fact findings. Both done over zoom. Need to be mindful of material that needed to be reviewed. Bro has done some gross misconduct cases face to face and finds it far easier to adjourn and talk to their members. Discussed at the MATs functional council and it seems that Hr and Management in some areas are looking to avoid travelling and are pushing the video conference.
|Local Lock Downs||
Bro raised the issue of local lock downs such as Leicester and whether there is any discussions or planning. Issue to be raised at the Company Council
Bro asked if there was any guidance on room ventilation and whether it was being raised anywhere else?
More staff furloughed. Looking at restart and job moves. Wish to use thermal camera as above. List of questions sent to the company and new reps elected
Concerns that RA’s aren’t available
|Self Employed/ Protection||
Very hard times. LUL changing protection arrangement hours and very little work
Hardship Fund now over £4000.
· Need to publicise so that people can claim. Initially looking at £200 given the level of current claims.
· Look at ways of communication actioned.
· Need the NEC to act faster.
Produce PPE Guidelines, work in progress
Obtain RMT Face Masks
The LUEngineering Branch Hardship Fund has now passed the £3000.
We would like to thank all those that have donated to our cause but now we need to move onto the most important phase, which is helping our members that are in financial need due to Covid-19.
This terrible disease has affected many of our families and friends and we have lost several friends in our union.
It has also seen a huge downturn in work and this has led to many being furloughed or unable to work and receive any support, such as self employed members.
We want to help you.
If you have been financially affected by Covid-19, then please contact your local rep or email [email protected]
To make a claim, please fill in the form below and leave your contact details and we will call you asap.
Today we had the joint LUL & Tube Lines Company Council attended by the RMT.
Furlough: LUL announced that they are dealing with an unprecedented loss of income, with train journey’s over Easter, lower than at any time for nearly 100 years.
They currently had over 18% of their staff off with Covid related issues along with the normal levels of staff absence.
Therefore they had decided to use the Government Job Retention Scheme, also known as Furlough to add funding.
This scheme states that the Government will fund up to 80% (capped at £2,500) to support companies for a limitted time with staff that have no work currently. This period must last for a minimum of 3 weeks and staff must not be undertake any work for LUL during this period.
NOTE LUL HAVE GUARENTEED TO PAY 100% OF EMPLOYEES WAGES
LUL have stated that they intend to use this scheme starting on the 27th April and would spend next week trying to ascertain which staff that they was currently able to furlough. Examples that was given were those at home but unable to work, those being shielded etc. LUL also stated that they expected this to be mainly non-operational.
They confirmed that this would be on 100% of their pay and their terms and conditions would remain intact.
RMT Regional Organiser, John Leach, insisted that this must be put into writing and that the RMT would not accept anything less than FULL terms and conditions remaining the same and full involvement in the process of discussion who would be furloughed.
LUL confirmed that they had been examining how much and what types of non-essential work that they should stop doing. They stated that they had produced a list of items for each function and they would share with the RMT asap.
Our view remains the same, we will fully support members that are unsure if the tasks that they have been given is either safe or essential to the safe running of the railway. If in doubt, always say no and raise with your reps and managers. Put your health and your safety first as it it better to query and ask why, than risk doing something that is wrong.
LUL reported that station staff would be given face masks from next week to deal with emergency situations and that they was reviewing exactly where else these masks were needed.
The RMT position remains clear:
LUL Pay Deal:
LUL confirmed that this would be paid in July
The RMT have continually demanded that LUL and TfL take ownership of the issues regarding our sub-contractors and self employed staff and pay them.
The RMT today stated that they would work with Management to produce safe working practices to enable the restart of various project works such as in R&E that would enable this workers to be back earning money, but being kept safe by their union.
There is a real danger that these staff with be lost to the Railway and they have been denoted as Key Staff. People such as Protection Masters with Morsons and Cleshars, Track Staff employed by VGC and engineers in Engie etc are all core to the safe running of the Railway and all these core functions need to be done in house.
Your Branch and indeed the RMT are now conducting all critical trade union business online.
What that means is that things such as our branch meetings etc are now being conducted by Zoom video conferencing meetings
If you wish to ‘attend’ a branch meeting please just email the branch secretary for an invite: