LUL Circular 14th February 2018

February 18, 2018

TUBE CLEANERS – ABM CONTRACT

DEMO OUTSIDE CITY HALL AND ABM OFFICES

ON WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY AT 2PM

 

At 2pm on Wednesday 21st February, we will be holding demos to protest against the treatment by outsourcing companies (especially new mega contractor ABM) of Cleaners on the London Transport Network.

 

The first demo will take place outside City Hall (Address: The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA) with participants then moving on to protest outside the nearby ABM Headquarters (Address: George House, 75 – 83 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH).

 

The demo is intended to name and shame the people responsible for the poor treatment of cleaners and lobby for a change. We demand that cleaners be directly employed by TfL, that they – like their colleagues – receive free travel, decent sick pay and improved wages reflecting the often anti-social hours which they work.

 

THE LONDON MAYOR NEEDS TO ACT NOW. ABM is already busy ripping up the sick pay policy of workers who transferred to it from outsourcing company “Vinci”. The demo will be letting everyone know what is going on.

 

Members are invited to attend and encouraged to bring banners, flags etc. Following the demos, there will be recruitment activity, designed to boost union membership amongst ABM workers.

 

(Note to London Transport Region Branches: Supporting attendance at this day of action is a legitimate use of branch funds).

 

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019 – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001)

 

The anniversary date for the London Underground pay review is 1st April 2019 and the following two resolutions have been received from the London Transport Regional Council:-

 

“The LTRC recognises that our current pay deal will end in early 2019, with new talks planned for February 2019 and that we must prepare for those negotiations.

 

We the members of the LTRC will no longer accept the disparities between our members because of their length of service. We demand that all employees on LUL are given the same terms and conditions as their colleagues in the same roles. Everyone should have parity of conditions irrespective of their service.

 

To this end, we demand that LUL introduce the PTAC for all staff effective from 2019. There are no excuses for our colleagues to be discriminated against due to their service length especially considering that new TOCs like Crossrail give the PTAC to their employees who can then use that concession on LUL services.”

 

“The LTRC recognises that our current pay deal will end in early 2019, with new talks planned for February 2019 and that we must prepare for those negotiations. We the members of the LTRC will no longer accept the disparities between our members because of the date they entered service. We demand that all employees on LUL are given the same terms and conditions as their colleagues in the same roles. Everyone who have the same job should have parity of conditions irrespective of their service.

 

We demand that LUL begin a process to “level up” pension provision to the higher rate for all employees, as part of any new pay deal. Every staff member in the same roles should on the same terms and conditions. There are no excuses for our colleagues to be discriminated against due to their service length especially considering that this discrimination will result in all junior members of staff suffering a detriment in retirement annuity of thousands of pounds per year and a detriment to their pension pot of hundreds of thousands of pounds over the course of their careers.”

 

This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the decision to invite all London Transport Branches and the Regional Council to contribute to our Unions submissions for the pay talks with a  view to prepare a comprehensive unified claim. I will keep Branches advised of all further developments.

 

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash

General Secretary

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