Latest Union Circular (LUL)

January 21, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

 

DISPUTE WITH KEOLIS/AMEY DOCKLANDS (K.A.D.) (DLR/15/10)

 

Further to my previous Circular No. IR/08/15, 12th January 2015, the ballot has concluded with members voting as follows:-

 

Are you prepared to take strike action?

 

Total Votes Cast                       486

Number Voting ‘Yes’                 466

Number Voting ‘No’                  18

Spoilt Papers                            2

 

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

 

Total Votes Cast                       486

Number Voting ‘Yes’                 473

Number Voting ‘No’                  10

Spoilt Papers                            3

 

The General Grades Committee has considered this matter and applauded the overwhelming vote in favour of taking strike action and action short of a strike. Having consulted with the Branch and Lead Officer, the GGC has taken the decision to instruct all members on the Docklands Light Railway to take strike action and NOT TO BOOK ON FOR SHIFTS THAT COMMENCE BETWEEN:-

 

  • 04:00 hours on Wednesday 28th January 2015 until 03:59 hours on Friday 30th January 2015.

 

I am sure all RMT members will support their colleagues on the DLR taking this action in protest against detrimental changes to their terms and conditions and inferior policies, secondments without members’ consent and a failure by the Company to resolve outstanding health and safety issues. I will of course keep you informed of all developments.

 

DISMISSAL, V. HAYWARD – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/4/1)

 

Further to previous correspondence (Circular No. IR/261/14, 3rd October 2014), I am pleased to report that Sister Vicky Hayward has been reinstated to her substantive role at London Underground. The General Grades Committee has applauded the good news that common sense and fairness has prevailed in this case, which is now resolved.

 

EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)

 

As members are aware, the campaign against cuts on London Underground is on-going and we recently received two resolutions from the Central Line East and Central Line West Branches concerning ticket office closures and the proposed new rosters for station staff which, if introduced will have a devastating impact on the work/life balance of our members and have a detrimental effect on their health. The resolutions also raised the issue of Driverless Trains, which is outlined in my previous circular (IR/272/14, 16th October 2014).

 

This matter has been considered by the General Grades Committee, which has noted the resolutions and taken the decision to convene a meeting of London Underground Reps and Activists to discuss the possibility of further industrial action in relation to defending jobs, services and conditions.

 

I am currently acting in accordance with this decision and will keep you advised of all developments.

 

DISMISSAL, N. ROBERTS – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/4/1)

 

Further to previous correspondence (Circular No. IR/261/14, 3rd October 2014), members will be aware that RMT is also conducting a campaign against the unfair dismissal of Brother Noel Roberts from London Underground and we have recently received a resolution from East Ham Branch in relation to this matter, which is as follows:-

 

“This Branch is disgusted at the unfair dismissal of Bro. Roberts. Noel was a CSA on the East Ham Group, with 26 years’ service. He was dismissed on medical grounds, despite being cleared as fit for full duties by his own Doctors and most importantly by London Underground Occupational Health. The manager who made the decision tried to justify it by stating that Noel may go sick again in the future.

 

This appalling abuse of procedure leaves every member of staff open to attack and the possibility of losing their job simply for having to take time off sick from work. We call on the GGC for a ballot of all members on London Underground for the reinstatement of Noel Roberts.”

 

This matter has been considered by the General Grades Committee, which has taken the decision to organise a meeting between the Lead Officer and Branch Officers. I will keep you advised of all further developments.

 

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash

General Secretary

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