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NPC members take to streets for 11th hour socially-distanced demos over axing of free TV licences

July 31, 2020

NPC members take to streets for 11th hour socially-distanced demos over axing of free TV licences   Britain’s biggest campaign group for older people will demonstrate tomorrow (Thursday 30th July) in a bid to save the free TV licence for over all 75’s before it is axed on Saturday. Despite the ongoing threat of the pandemic, the …

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LUL Circular 30th July 2020

July 31, 2020

ROSTERS AND STAFFING LEVELS, JUBILEE SOUTH AREA, COVID-19 – LUL (LUL/8/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/208/20, 13th June 2020), the Union declared a dispute with LUL over managements’ refusal to adhere to the agreement for station staff to be adequately protected regarding social distancing by holding discussions to explore shorter shifts and/or additional rest days. …

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Branch Hardship Fund

July 6, 2020

The Branch Hardship Fund is now fast approaching £5000.   This has been an amazing effort by our branches, supporters and activists and we thank you very much.   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 …

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RELAXATION OF THE LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND – UPDATED RMT INFORMATION

July 6, 2020

RELAXATION OF THE LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND – UPDATED RMT INFORMATION   As you will be aware be the government have taken the decision to further relax lockdown measures in England on 4th July 2020. From this date the government have stipulated that if people cannot keep a 2 metre distance they should reduce the risk …

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Branch Covid Update

July 6, 2020

Area Comments 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 …

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LUEngineering Branch Hardship Fund passes £3000

July 2, 2020

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 …

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RMT says new Transport for London Commissioner must give Underground cleaners the same free travel pass he is entitled to

July 2, 2020

RMT says new Transport for London Commissioner must give Underground cleaners the same free travel pass he is entitled to On the day that new Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford starts work [Monday 29 June], RMT called on him to put a stop to a shameful injustice by giving London’s heroic Underground cleaners the …

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RMT on today’s transport use statistics from the DfT

July 2, 2020

RMT on today’s transport use statistics from the DfT TRANSPORT UNION RMT called on the Government to ensure the COVID19 recovery does not make climate crisis worse in response to the transport use statistics released today by the Department for Transport today that show car use continuing to rise rapidly towards pre-COVID19 crisis levels. Statistics …

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RMT responds to Government and Rail Delivery Group on face masks this morning

June 5, 2020

“There is a real danger that the Government and the Rail Delivery Group are sending out a signal that as long as you cover your face you are safe to ‎head back onto the tubes and trains regardless of whether you are an essential worker making an essential journey. That risks a surge in passengers …

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MT calls on Mayor and the Government to stop the blame game and help the Underground’s heroic cleaners

June 4, 2020

MT calls on Mayor and the Government to stop the blame game and help the Underground’s heroic cleaners RMT today called on the Mayor and the government to stop pointing the finger at each other and put their money where their mouths are by helping the heroic cleaners who have fought to keep the Underground …

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LU ENGINEERING NEWS

NPC members take to streets for 11th hour socially-distanced demos over axing of free TV licences

NPC members take to streets for 11th hour socially-distanced demos over axing of free TV licences   Britain’s biggest campaign group for older people will demonstrate tomorrow (Thursday 30th July) in a bid to save the free TV licence for over all 75’s before it is axed on Saturday. Despite the ongoing threat of the pandemic, the …
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LUL Circular 30th July 2020

ROSTERS AND STAFFING LEVELS, JUBILEE SOUTH AREA, COVID-19 – LUL (LUL/8/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/208/20, 13th June 2020), the Union declared a dispute with LUL over managements’ refusal to adhere to the agreement for station staff to be adequately protected regarding social distancing by holding discussions to explore shorter shifts and/or additional rest days. …
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Branch Hardship Fund

The Branch Hardship Fund is now fast approaching £5000.   This has been an amazing effort by our branches, supporters and activists and we thank you very much.   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 …
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RELAXATION OF THE LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND – UPDATED RMT INFORMATION

RELAXATION OF THE LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND – UPDATED RMT INFORMATION   As you will be aware be the government have taken the decision to further relax lockdown measures in England on 4th July 2020. From this date the government have stipulated that if people cannot keep a 2 metre distance they should reduce the risk …
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Branch Covid Update

Area Comments 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 …
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LUEngineering Branch Hardship Fund passes £3000

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 …
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RMT says new Transport for London Commissioner must give Underground cleaners the same free travel pass he is entitled to

RMT says new Transport for London Commissioner must give Underground cleaners the same free travel pass he is entitled to On the day that new Transport for London Commissioner Andy Byford starts work [Monday 29 June], RMT called on him to put a stop to a shameful injustice by giving London’s heroic Underground cleaners the …
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RMT on today’s transport use statistics from the DfT

RMT on today’s transport use statistics from the DfT TRANSPORT UNION RMT called on the Government to ensure the COVID19 recovery does not make climate crisis worse in response to the transport use statistics released today by the Department for Transport today that show car use continuing to rise rapidly towards pre-COVID19 crisis levels. Statistics …
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RMT responds to Government and Rail Delivery Group on face masks this morning

“There is a real danger that the Government and the Rail Delivery Group are sending out a signal that as long as you cover your face you are safe to ‎head back onto the tubes and trains regardless of whether you are an essential worker making an essential journey. That risks a surge in passengers …
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MT calls on Mayor and the Government to stop the blame game and help the Underground’s heroic cleaners

MT calls on Mayor and the Government to stop the blame game and help the Underground’s heroic cleaners RMT today called on the Mayor and the government to stop pointing the finger at each other and put their money where their mouths are by helping the heroic cleaners who have fought to keep the Underground …
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RMT responds to appointment of new TFL Commissioner

RMT responds to appointment of new TFL Commissioner   RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:   “The new commissioner will arrive with TFL facing a financial crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that is being ruthlessly exploited by the Tory Government for political purposes.”   “Mr Byford will be well aware of the …
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Please Support RMT Members With No Wages!

Please Support RMT Members With No Wages! RMT London Transport Region Zero Hours & Self-Employed members need our Solidarity Now! Many of our regions self-employed members and those on zero hours have not any had wages for 2 months since March They have been abandoned by London Underground, TfL, the London Mayor and their agency …
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Tube union RMT responds to news night tube will remain suspended until next spring

Tube union RMT responds to news night tube will remain suspended until next spring Responding to news that the night tube will be suspended until Spring 2021 RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The confirmation that there will be no night tube until March next year is a reminder of how fragile the situation is …
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New Inflation rates for year to April 2020

New Inflation rates for year to April 2020   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to April 2020. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) has decreased to 1.5%, which is 1.1% down on the year to March 2020. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 0.8% (down 0.7%) and 0.9% …
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CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – TESTING OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – TESTING OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS   I have received reports that RMT members are being offered a chance to be tested for Coronavirus – Covid-19 as ‘essential workers’. These tests do not appear to be part of any employer scheme and no discussions have taken place between RMT and any official body, …
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RMT warns of LUL strike action

RMT warns of strike action if necessary to fight London Transport Austerity imposed by government   Responding to the government announcement today that it is imposing austerity cuts and direct control over transport in London as part of its conditions for funding as a result of the Covid-19 crisis RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, …
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Increased rail service timetable

As increased rail service timetable comes into place today RMT calls for new compulsory Covid-19 protections for passengers and rail workers     RAIL UNION RMT is calling for new compulsory protections for passengers and rail workers on trains as the increased rail service timetable comes into place today – Monday 18th May.   The …
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Shut the Sites

Shut The Sites blockade the London headquarters of construction giant MACE, whose CEO – Mark Reynolds – is a spokesperson for the Construction Leadership Council. Video of the action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTrPZG16SIY The CLC have just shockingly announced that construction needs to stay open and social distancing for coronavirus can be ignored for up to 15 minutes …
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PREGNANCY AND COVID-19 – ADVICE TO MEMBERS

PREGNANCY AND COVID-19 – ADVICE TO MEMBERS   Never before have the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 been so important to pregnant women who work in the transport industry.  Under these regulations: 1.            Employers must try to remove or prevent exposure to risks   2.            If that is not possible, working from home …
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INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY: TUESDAY 28TH APRIL 2020- MINUTE’S SILENCE AT 11.00 AM TO COMMEMORATE FIGHT AGAINST COVID – 19 PANDEMIC   Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD).   We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or …
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HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE) POINT OF CONTACT

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE) POINT OF CONTACT   I can advise members that the HSE has provided an email address for unions to report concerns to directly:   [email protected]   This is to help reps raise issues, demonstrate to HSE the scale of the problems and encourage it to take urgent necessary action.   …
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RMT Survey

RMT warns there is zero chance of agreement to government plans to increase transport services on 11th May in current climate as survey of 10,000 transport workers reveals widespread failings to protect key transport workers and passengers from COVID 19   Transport union RMT warned today that there was zero chance of agreement to increase …
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March 2020 Inflation Rates

New Inflation rates for year to March 2020   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to March 2020. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) has increased to 2.6%, which is 0.1% up on the year to February 2020. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.5% (down 0.2%) …
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Covid-19 and Membership Contributions

Dear Colleague   Covid-19 and Membership Contributions   Further to Circular No. MF/27/20, 17th March 2020 and under Decision No. Nww, 17th March 2020, the National Executive Committee (NEC) outlined how the Union would operate during the public health crisis. Part of the decision enabled the Union to “…use discretion in consideration of membership contributions” where “…employers take steps such …
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Thales Furlough Scheme

Dear ALL   Following further discussions with Thales, we have received the following offer   “Paul, further to the RMT concerns raised on the 9th April about the Thales position on the non-payment of shift pay allowances during the period of Furlough, I am pleased to say that Thales has reviewed this position and can for …
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LUL Furlough & Company Council Report

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 …
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Basic Rules to keeping safe

Below is the basics of keeping and working safe.   Keep at least 2m social distancing Use the correct PPE and be careful Do not rush If you have doubts about your work or work methods then contact your rep If you have enough doubts to contact your REP then you probably have enough doubts …
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TfL Staff deaths due to Covid 19

Engineering Reps on a conference call with London Underground were today told that 30 TFL workers have now died.     This means it is likely that the deaths of transport workers has now surpassed NHS workers in London.   We stand side by side with our brothers and sisters in the NHS and we …
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Thales Furlough Scheme

At this time we have significant concerns regarding the Thales Furlough scheme that affects some 112 staff and mainly members: *   Thales have so far not agreed to include shift allowance in their scheme as per the government advice ref normal rates of pay *   We are unclear how the pay back scheme will work …
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Balfour Beatty (LU Contract) Furlough

Balfour Beatty have started/ in the process of demobilising most aspects of your work at Ruislip for the LUL Contract.   They are now proposing/ have started to furlough a large proportion of their work force and are proposing to the RMT the below furlough scheme:   Basic pay: 80% of average earnings (based on …
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RMT accept Thales Pay Deal

The RMT have now accepted the Thales Pay deal and this should be paid in the very near future. We thank our members for their support that enabled us to negotiate this agreement   Please see below     Collective Bargaining Pay Offer March 2020
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Social Media Comments by Senior Assistant General Secretary

Social Media Comments by Senior Assistant General Secretary   The Senior Assistant General Secretary made a number of controversial comments on social media this week in relation to the public health crisis and the government.   Once I became aware of the matter, it was necessary for the President and I to issue a statement …
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RMT Credit Union during the lockdown

The RMT Credit Union Office is closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 however it remains open for business and home working has been introduced   The main thing that needs to be changed and will be helpful is that any withdrawals or loans PLEASE DO NOT send forms via the post.   …
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Union Fees & Furlough/ Laid off members

Your Union National Executive is currently at ways that we can help our members that have been placed onto furlough and how to apply the Rules with regards to members RMT subscriptions.   We are hoping that there will be new policy on this in the next few days.   In the meantime please contact …
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Refusal Work on the Grounds of Health & Safety COVID 19

RMT issues advice to rail and bus members that they should stop work on safety grounds if employers do not provide adequate protection from COVID-19   TRANSPORT UNION RMT has issued advice to tens of thousands of workers in the rail and bus sector throughout the UK today saying its members should stop work on …
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RMT ADVICE TO MEMBERS EMPLOYED IN THE RAIL AND BUS INDUSTRIES

RMT ADVICE TO MEMBERS EMPLOYED IN THE RAIL AND BUS INDUSTRIES   Please find below links to two documents containing the RMT’s advice to members employed in the rail and bus industries during the ongoing Coronavirus – COVID-19 pandemic:   For Railway (including London Underground) workers:  https://bit.ly/3eey8Ui   For Bus workers:  https://bit.ly/2Xl48jE   The RMT has recently received …
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LUEngineering Branch Meetings go online

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: …
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FURLOUGH ARRANGEMENTS

FURLOUGH ARRANGEMENTS   Your National Executive Committee has adopted the following policy:   “Employers across the transport and maritime sectors are introducing Furlough Arrangements to make use of the scheme from government to pay workers.  The union is receiving proposals for such arrangements from employers with whom we have collective bargaining agreements, or where an …
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Track Contracting Staff

The RMT view is that this work and these workers need to be urgently nationalised and their key skills retained in the Rail Industry. We have also demanded that TfL continue to support these workers and pay their wages and we are waiting for a definite reply from them.   We have also been chasing …
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Victims of Covid-19

Our branch and our union have been touched by so many people becoming unwell and dying of Covid-19. We have now seen several members of our branch succumb to this terrible illness and we send our heartfelt condolances to their friends and families.   It is times like this that we need to draw together …
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Blacklist Support Group coronavirus statement

Blacklist Support Group supports 2 linked demands for the construction sector: #ShutTheSites – Close all non-essential building sites to keep workers and their families safe #PAYEveryworker – Ensure every worker gets paid to ensure their families are not put into destitution Blame greedy bosses, clients and the government NOT the workers The vast majority of construction workers are …
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tube cleaners are to get full sick pay

RMT welcomes news that privatised tube cleaners are to get full sick pay after union campaign TUBE UNION RMT ‎today welcomed the news that tube cleaners in the front-line of the fight to contain the Coronavirus on London Underground are to get full sick pay after a campaign of union pressure. General Secretary Mick Cash …
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18th March 2020 Circular

RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019 – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001)   Consultation with our representatives has taken place since London Underground tabled its “full and final offer”, which I advised you of in a previous circular (Ref: IR/465/19, 15th November 2019).   To remind you, the offer tabled at that time was as follows: …
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RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA (RCS)

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 …
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RMT Asbestos Questionaire

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 …
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Bob Crow Memorial Album

BOB CROW ALBUM <click here Branches, Regions, Officers & Offices   Dear ALL,   Bob’s family have agreed for us to distribute our album today as we remember not only the sad loss of Bob but also smile at the memories that we have of the man and his life.    This was made on …
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CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – USEFUL ADVICE

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 …
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RMT says London Mayor’s coronavirus transport cleaning announcement is completely inadequate

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, …
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MARCH AGAINST RACISM – DEMONSTRATIONS IN LONDON AND GLASGOW, 21 MARCH

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 …
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Retired Members Branch Meeting 3rd March 2020

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 …
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London Transport Regional Council

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 …
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RMT welcomes Labour Assembly Members’ support for Underground cleaners

RMT welcomes Labour Assembly Members’ support for Underground cleaners   Pressure is growing on London’s Labour Mayor to commit to ending the privatisation of Underground cleaning as RMT received a statement of support from the Labour Group in the London Assembly.   The statement from Len Duvall AM, leader of the Labour Group, pledges the …
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LUL Pay Branch Survey

Dear ALL   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 …
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New Inflation rates for year to December 2019

New Inflation rates for year to December 2019   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to December 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.2%, unchanged on the year from November 2019. The alternative measure of CPI was down from 1.5% to 1.3% while CPIH was down from 1.5% to …
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RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019-22 LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD

RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019-22 LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD   Please find attached an amended pay offer from the LUL Director of Assets Operations following the meeting held under the auspices of ACAS on 19th December 2019.   You are now asked to attend a meeting with myself and your National Executive Committee member …
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General Election Result 2019

Sadly, the Tory party have won the general election with a clear majority.   Key to this was Jeremy Corbyn and others within the Labour party leadership misunderstanding the millions of working class people who felt betrayed by all the main parties, who suffered years of austerity, who expressed this rage in the Brexit vote, …
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Free will service

The RMT run a free will service for members   For more details click the link below   RMT Wills
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Stopping the bullies.

Stopping the Bullies   There is no such thing as an innocent bystander and if you have seen someone being bullied you should take action.   Ignoring it may feel like the easiest thing to do but the person who is being subjected to that bullying may need your help and support to get it …
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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying   Social networking sites, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, XBox Live, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other chat rooms can be great fun and a positive experience.   But things can go wrong.   Cyberbullying can be defined as the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate and …
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What is Bullying & Harassment?

Definition of Bullying   Bullying is a form of psychological abuse that can have a very serious impact, including the effect of making the victim feel demeaned and inadequate.   Bullying can be defined as: unwanted conduct that is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting to the recipient. Bullying can also take the form of an …
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AGS Cleaning Contract

The RMT have learnt that the Track Cleaning Contract with AGS has been given to another company.   We are making urgent contact with all companies to explore whether TUPE applies and ensure that our members job security and terms and conditions and maintained or enhanced.   We also have concerns that the track need …
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Protection Masters Dispute

Further to our last update, the RMT executive is now reviewing plans to name dates for action across the London Underground Network.   The RMT have been made aware of potential plans to change the way workers are paid and the contract handled.   This would mean one supplier and staff being paid for the …
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Blacklisting public inquiry in the Labour Manifesto

Page 48 of the Labour Manifesto:   “We will establish public inquiries into historical injustices including blacklisting and Orgreave, and ensure the second phase of the Grenfell Inquiry has the confidence of all those affected, especially the bereaved families and survivors. We will also consider a public inquiry in the case of Zane Gbangbola.   …
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RMT Circular Nov 2019

WORKING TIMETABLE 44/45 (WT44/45) TRAIN OPERATORS, BAKERLOO LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Our Industrial and Health and Safety representatives on the Bakerloo line have been raising serious concerns over the implementation of Working Timetable WT44/45 which has been in place since May 2019. We firmly believe this timetable is failing and is causing undue stress …
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November)

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an RMT survey reveals more than 70% of women transport workers have experienced violence at work   A new RMT survey reveals shocking levels of violence against women transport workers (those employed in rail, London Underground, on buses and ferries) with 72% of female workers …
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Tory ban on Rail strikes

General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Banning strikes is the hallmark of the right wing junta not a democratically elected British government. RMT would fight any attempt to strip our members of their basic human rights.   “What the Tories are after is banning rail workers from striking to defend passenger safety and accessibility and that …
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The importance of us having your correct details

Did you know that the RMT needs your details to be correct because in the event of industrial action, we need to reach certain levels of accuracy regarding grade, location and company but also thresholds for a ballot to be legal.   Under the 2016 Trade Union Act Ballots for industrial action in important public …
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Long Service Awards 2019

The branch is holding a special presentation for members with 10, 25, 40 and 50 years service on the 6th December 2019, details below.   If you have not received an invite and feel that you have the correct service then please email   [email protected]   Many thanks     https://www.luengineeringrmt.co.uk/event/branch-xmas-social-long-service-awards-2019/
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London Underground Pay 2019

That we note the full and final offer from the company was discussed at an all LU Reps meeting last Thursday.   The unanimous view of the reps meeting was to reject the offer as aspects proposed by the company such as years 2 & 4 of the 4 year offer which are 1.4% respectively …
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ACCESS TO TOILETS SURVEY

ACCESS TO TOILETS SURVEY   World Toilet Day is 19th November, and the International Transport Federation (ITF) is launching a Transport Workers’ Sanitation Charter.  This is following on from the ITF Congress in 2018 which made access to decent sanitation a priority.   Since then ITF Women has continued to lead on this campaign to raise …
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New Inflation rates for year to October 2019

New Inflation rates for year to October 2019   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to October 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.1%, down 0.3% on the year to September 2019. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.5% (down 0.2%) and 1.5% (down 0.2%) respectively.   Your …
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THE NATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER + MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2019

THE NATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER + MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2019   I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that the resolutions which were passed at this year’s National LGBT+ Members’ Conference have been considered by the union’s National Executive Committee. The resolutions together with the NEC decisions are as …
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Mental Health Awareness

  MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS   The following resolution was carried at the AGM 2019:   Leeds City believes that the RMT should place pressure and influence on those companies that do not currently sign up to the above to do so, and, implement a procedure within their company that will recognise and offer help and …
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Whistleblowing

New Labour Research Department publication: Whistleblowing The Union affiliates to the Labour Research Department (LRD) – an organisation dedicated to publishing information of use to trade unionists and employee reps.   In addition to affiliating, we also separately pay for access to a number of LRD products – including their online services. As part of …
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Retired Members Branch

The next meeting of the LT Retired Members Branch will be on Tuesday 5th November at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton St NW1 1JD. The Guest Speaker will be none other than our General Secretary Mick Cash, talking about the challenges facing RMT and the forthcoming General Election, which is critical for the future of working people.   We’ll …
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Human Waste on the Tracks

RMT appalled and disgusted as Government and train companies break promises over excrement on tracks   RAIL UNION RMT said today that revelations that train companies have reneged on a pledge to eliminate the dumping of excrement on the railway by the end of this year shows that profit is more important to them than …
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Do you want to be an RMT Rep?

We elect all our representatives and officers for the branch every year in November.   So if you wish to be a rep or support someone else that does, then please come to the Branch AGM   Branch AGM Details     What a rep does?   Union Reps: They represent you. They should listen …
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Rmt Elections: Jared Wood for NEC

Dear ALL   Please note that elections for the RMT are carried out by the Electoral Reform Society and election forms come via a white envelope.   Your branch has nominated Jared Wood for the position of London Transport National Executive Member of the RMT.   Remember to use your vote in the RMT NEC …
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LUL announce ERU and FRC Christmas Period Payment

The RMT has always demanded equality across all areas and staff working on LUL worksites.   Whilst we welcome the below payments, we also believe that all workers deserve to be rewarded for working during certain periods such as Christmas and we are therefore approaching the company to obtain commitments for all other areas and …
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2019 General Election

2019 General Election   As you will be aware a General Election has been called for Thursday 12th December 2019.   This matter was considered by a Special Meeting of the NEC this week, who have determined in line with existing policy that the union adopts the same approach as it did previously at the 2017 …
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Latest LUL Pay Offer

Dear RMT members Today myself and our reps met LUL to discuss pay 2019. The company made the offer as attached We immediately responded by saying that the RMT would seek to meet all our reps to discuss the offer. Therefore we cannot formally respond in this update  However  I stated that all pay deals …
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Jared Wood for LT National Executive

Your branch has nominated Jared Wood for the role of National Executive of the RMT for the LT Region.    
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Glen Hart for Relief Regional Organiser (South)

  Your branch has nominated Glen Hart for Relief Regional Organiser (South)   Vote ‘1’ for Glen  
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RMT Credit Union

  For more details   https://www.rmt.org.uk/about/credit-union/
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LUL Pay Talks Update 8th October 2019

LU have been forced to accept a Shorter Working Week must be part of any pay settlement but 30 Mins instead of a pay rise is unacceptable For five months LU management have told us that there is no chance of a cut in the working week. Therefore the new offer that includes a 30min/week …
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Point Care Gang (LUL)

Despite LUL being informed of serious breaches of agreements with regards to BCV and SSL, management continue to use the JNP Gangs on non-JNP areas.   The man concerns of this are: The JNP Point Care Team includes dual skilling track and signals staff that we believe is a direct threat to job security There …
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Mick Cash elected as General Secretary

Mick Cash has been re-elected as the General Secretary of the RMT.   He has stated that he will continue the work of the last 5 years and will look to push our membership to above the 100,000 mark.   He has a vision to use technology to give our members a solid foundation and …
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LUL Pay Rise

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019 – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/288/19, 31st July 2019), the RMT negotiating team has attended a series of talks with the Company at ACAS and a revised offer has now been received which is as follows:-               Year One   ·         A 2.7% (February …
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LUL Point Care Gang

It has come to the attention of the RMT that JNP Managers have been looking to export former Tube Lines working methods into BCV and SSL areas.   One such example is the Point Care Gang. The RMT supported this initiative within BCV and SSL as a way of recruiting staff and given members a …
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LUL Circular 30th August 2019

Dear Colleagues,   BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN OPERATORS, CENTRAL LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/336/19, 23rd August 2019), the RMT negotiating team has held a series of talks with the Company at ACAS and following the latest developments the National Executive Committee has accepted the revised resolution proposals from …
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Branch Long Service Awards

There are many members in our branch that have been in our union for many years.   To honour them, we intend to hold a special branch social on the 6th December (badges and details to be sent to each member) at the Savoy Tap.   Members with 10, 25, 40 and 50 years membership …
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Cleshar & Morsons Protection Staff

Following a successful ballot, both companies have been written too  with our demands for fair pay and treatment   A special meeting of the RMT and Representatives will be taking place on the 16th September and we will look forward to winning this dispute or sadly having to take action     Cleshars Letter 5th …
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LUL Transformation Update

Dear ALL,   The closing date for the Transformation Ballot is Tuesday 16th July.   It is very important that everyone has a vote and uses it as there are legal thresholds to achieve.   Therefore please vote YES for strike action.   This is a vitally important dispute that affects many people on LUL …
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RMT Credit Union

The RMT Credit Union is a mutually beneficial savings and loan organisation which offers ethical savings and loans to its members.   The key to the RMT Credit Union is ‘keeping it simple’. You must save a minimum of £5 per month with us. You can then after a short time borrow from us. As …
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VOTE SEAN HOYLE FOR GENERAL SECRETARY

The Voting papers are now out for the RMT General Secretary Position.   Please use your vote and please VOTE ‘1’ for Sean Hoyle    
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Outsourced Workers’ Fight for Fairness, 17 July

Out with Outsourcing: Outsourced Workers’ Fight for Fairness, 17 July As you know, RMT is stepping up its campaigning against outsourcing on the railways. Right across the network and on London Underground, RMT is taking on the fight for pay justice and making the case for bringing workers back in house. We are also showing …
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LUL Pay Talks referred to ACAS

The RMT and LUL will be meeting to discuss the pay offer at ACAS on the 10th July.   Your union has rejected the inadequate pay offer already as it failed to reach the aspirations of our members or deal with wider elements such as a reduced working week.   Please see the rejected offer …
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LUL Protection Staff

Protection Services members that work under Cleshar and Morsons have returned an overwhelming and massive mandate to their union to push forward with their campaign for a fair pay rate.   In a new 100% mandate for action, they have sent a clear message to London Underground that they will not tolerate the status quo …
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Your Branch is supporting Sean Hoyle for General Secretary

Your branch is supporting Sean Hoyle in the election for the RMT General Secretary because:   We believe he will unify our union   We believe he will be YOUR democratic voice   We believe he will fight for our jobs, our rights and our conditions   We believe he will be the voice of …
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Updating your membership details

Updating your membership details i vitally important to our union.   We need to able to organise in an area and if necessary fight for better conditions or stop unsafe practices etc   You can do that via the RMT Website click here   Via email to our membership department click here   or via  …
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Become an RMT Rep

The RMT are looking for reps across various areas where we currently have vacancies.   Union Reps: They represent you. They should listen to your views and make sure management hear and act on what our members want. They are here to help you if you have problems and if you get in trouble. Sometimes …
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Balfour Beatty LUL Contract Pay Offer

We have received the below offer for members at Balfour Beatty on the LUL Contract.   COMMERCIAL DRIVER 10.84 2 11.06 PLATELAYER GRADE 2 10.32 2.5 10.58 Chargehand 11.21 2.5 11.49 PLATELAYER GRADE 2 10.32 2.5 10.58 PLATELAYER GRADE 3 10.20 3.49 10.55 Stores operative 10.25 2.9 10.55 We will be visiting our members on …
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Fighting the latest Transformation LUL

LUL have been forcing through large job cuts in Asset Operations and other areas that also include the Track Access Controllers and Learning and Skills development.   Additionally, we are also seeing a large scale attempt to privatise part of the work that is currently done by DSM at Acton and this is not acceptable …
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RMT Circular 23rd May 2019

LONE WORKING, NIGHT TUBE STAFF – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/10)   The following resolution has been received from Piccadilly & District West Branch:-   “This branch notes the recent attack by drunk passengers on a member of night tube at T5 and the failure to attend by BTP. This is typical of termini stations where drunken …
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PAY, TERMS & CONDITIONS – PROTECTION STAFF MORSON & CLESHAR (LU CONTRACTS)

PAY, TERMS & CONDITIONS – PROTECTION STAFF MORSON & CLESHAR (LU CONTRACTS)   Further to previous correspondence regarding the above, this matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the following decision:-   “That we note the report from our Lead Officer and that our members having waited 6 months for …
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Support the Justice4Grenfell/Grenfell Trust solidarity March 15 June

Support the Justice4Grenfell/Grenfell Trust solidarity March 15 June The second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire is approaching and the Justice4Grenfell campaign and the Grenfell Trust are organising events to express solidarity with the families and communities affected by this terrible tragedy. Saturday 15 June will see a solidarity march, assembling at 12 noon at …
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RMT Legal Services

LEGAL SERVICES   I am pleased to advise you that as promised to our Eire Branch, new contracts have been signed with Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland MJ O’Conner, resulting in new and enhanced services being provided for our members. The new services include a free Helpline, and advice and representation in Criminal and …
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Breakdown in Industrial Relations: LUL Signals

It has been brought to our attention that numerous changes have been occurring across LUL Signals, with minimum or no discussion. These have in some cases been minor and in others completely break agreements and working practices that we have had for in some cases decades.   The final straw has been the Point Care …
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Lucy Parker’s film is now complete! Premiere at Sheffield Docs Fest in June

Dear All, City Projects has been working with Lucy Parker for over 4 years and we are very excited to announce that her film Solidarity is complete! Lucy Parker’s debut feature-length film will have its World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The Premiere is on Saturday 8th June at 11.15am, and there is an additional screening on Sunday 9th June …
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Protection Staff Morsons and Cleshar

The RMT are very close to completing its ballot matrix for all protection staff that work on London Underground Contracts for Morsons and Cleashars.   This has been a lengthy and complex matter, but it is important to get it right.   The companies affected should be notified by your union that their level of …
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LUL Transformation: Why it matters to us all

LUL have announced a new wave of job losses as our mayor implements both the government austerity measures, along side his own cuts agenda.   However, these cuts are now starting to occur within operational areas and also include areas that have already been cut before, for example:   Asset Performance Control Centre (APCC) and …
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Bob Crow Memorial Event 8th June 2019

Reminder that if any RMT members wish to come and celebrate the life of Bob Crow, there is a memorial event on the 8th June from 19:00 at Millwall Football Club   for more details please see below.   Bob Crow Memorial Event click here》》
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Membership Details

It is vitally important that members keep their contact and work details up to date with the RMT.   This is so that we can keep you updated and if need be, have the details that we need to ballot you, ie correct job title, work location and company.   You can update your details …
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 BIRMINGHAM PRIDE AND LONDON PRIDE EVENTS

TO: THE SECRETARY ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS   My ref: EO/16 13th May 2019 Circular No. NP/082/19                                                                                                                     Dear Colleague,   BIRMINGHAM PRIDE AND LONDON PRIDE EVENTS   LGBT+ Pride events are opportunities for us to promote the union and our campaigns as well as to show support and solidarity for our LGBT+ …
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THE CHAINMAKERS’ FESTIVAL – 6 JULY 2019

TO: THE SECRETARY ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS   My ref: EO/22 13th May 2019 Circular No. NP/084/19               Dear Colleague,   THE CHAINMAKERS’ FESTIVAL – 6 JULY 2019   The RMT will be supporting the annual Chainmakers’ Festival in Cradley Heath on Saturday 6th July 2019.  This is a family fun day that celebrates an …
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May Retired Members Branch

The next meeting of the LT Retired Members Branch will be on Tuesday 7th May at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton St NW1 1JD. Discussions include report from RMT Retired Members Conference, Black and Ethnic Members, the forthcoming election for General Secretary, remembering Blair Peach. Our guest speaker will be Paul Norris, RMT Pensions Officer. Please forward …
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LUL TRANSFORMATION

TFL/LUL TRANSFORMATION   Further to my letter of 15th April 2019 you will know that TfL/LUL is undergoing a process called ‘Transformation’ which aims to cut costs and make savings by making job cuts. LUL has recently announced a further raft of job losses affecting members in Track Access Control, Power Control, Service Control, LUCC, …
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Blacklist Support Group

TUC Congress    Last week, John McDonnell announced that a public inquiry into blacklisting would form part of the first Queen’s Speech for an incoming Labour Government. More from the TUC Congress Righting working class miscarriages of Justice: Working class miscarriages of justice: Ensuring they never happen again chaired by Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett. …
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New Inflation rates for year to March 2019

New Inflation rates for year to March 2019   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to February 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.4%, down 0.1% on the year to February 2019. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.9% (unchanged) and 1.8% (unchanged) respectively.   …
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Bob Crow Branch nominates Sean Hoyle for General Secretary

The Bob Crow Branch overwhelmingly backed Sean Hoyle for General Secretary tonight at our branch meeting.   Both Sean and Mick Cash spoke well and were a credit to our union, but ultimately, it was Sean’s passion and vision for the future that won the vote.   Sean stated   His history within the union …
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RMT declares a further dispute across London Underground over threatened job losses

RMT declares a further dispute across London Underground over threatened job losses   TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it has declared a further dispute across London Underground over job losses and is preparing a ballot for industrial action.  The dispute comes in addition to the rows over the current pay round and fleet preparation …
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MASS MEETING FOR RMT LONDON UNDERGROUND MEMBERS

MASS MEETING FOR RMT LONDON UNDERGROUND MEMBERS   The National Executive Committee has taken the decision to arrange a mass members meeting for all London Underground members with the General Secretary, Senior Assistant General Secretary, Lead Officer, National President, and NEC in attendance to discuss:-   RMT 2019 Pay Submission and progress of talks with …
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TFL/LUL TRANSFORMATION (LUL/15/4)

TFL/LUL TRANSFORMATION (LUL/15/4)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/80/19, 22nd February 2019) and as you may be aware, TfL/LUL is undergoing a process called ‘Transformation’ which aims to cut costs and make savings by making job cuts. LUL has recently announced a further raft of job losses affecting members in Track Access Control, Power Control, …
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RMT ANTI FASCIST EDUCATION COURSE

RMT ANTI FASCIST EDUCATION COURSE   Following decision of the National Executive Committee I am able to confirm arrangements have been made to deliver a pilot course on organising against and defeating the far-right movement in the UK that has seen a significant rise in their activities on our streets. This pilot will be run …
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FUTURE OF INTERSERVE

FUTURE OF INTERSERVE   Further to my Circular IR/116/19 25th March 2019, I write to advise branches that we have received correspondence from Network Rail and London Underground who are the client companies that contract Interserve to carry out cleaning and security. They have both confirmed that contingency plans are in place to ensure the continuity …
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ACCESSIBILITY OF THE UNION FOR DISABLED MEMBERS

ACCESSIBILITY OF THE UNION FOR DISABLED MEMBERS   You will recall that branches and regions were surveyed regarding the accessibility of the properties in which we hold our meetings.  Whilst this is essential information, this only considers physical properties and the Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee have requested that the union asks the broader question of …
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Bob Crow Anniversary Event – Saturday 8th June 2019

Bob Crow Anniversary Event – Saturday 8th June 2019   Further to Circular No. MF/24/19, 8th March 2019, I am writing to remind you of the commemorative event taking place at Millwall football club on Saturday 8th June 2019 from 7pm to midnight, which will include a buffet and refreshments.   As previously advised, this …
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MT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 17th Garden Party: Wednesday 12th June 2018.

MT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 17th Garden Party: Wednesday 12th June 2018.   In association with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the 17th RMT Annual Garden Party for Cuba will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2018 at Maritime House, Clapham, London, commencing 7.00pm.   Tickets are now available and are £15 each. This includes a free bar, buffet and music. As …
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Workers’ Memorial Day 2019

Dear Colleague   Workers’ Memorial Day takes place every year on 28 April. The purpose behind the day is to ‘remember the dead: fight for the living’ and events or memorial services to remember people killed through work will take place up and down the country. Every year more people are killed at work than …
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RMT Legal Update

Circular No: NP/067/19   Our Ref: LEG/04/19   8th April 2019   To: Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices   Dear Colleague   SPRING LEGAL UPDATE   1. Hargreaves v Governing Body of Manchester Grammar School In cases of misconduct, employers have to have reasonable grounds for believing that their employee was guilty of misconduct …
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ELECTION OF GENERAL SECRETARY

ELECTION OF GENERAL SECRETARY TERM OF OFFICE – 22nd SEPTEMBER 2019 to 21st SEPTEMBER 2024 LIST OF CANDIDATES & CANDIDATES’ BRANCH CIRCULARS In accordance with Rule 13, Clauses 5 to 8, I am writing to advise you that nominations for the following candidates were received at this Office on or before Saturday 6th April 2019: …
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General Secretary Nomination

Dear Members, We have a very important branch meeting on the 17th April. There we will discuss all disputes and members complaints plus hear reports from many areas. We also have Mick Cash and Sean Hoyle attending as they seek our nomination from our branch for General Secretary of our union Please attend if you …
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RMT Circular 5th February 2019

REMOVAL OF DETRAINMENT STAFF, WATERLOO, WATERLOO & CITY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/10)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/15/19, 11th January 2019), the ballot closed with members’ voting as follows: –   Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?   Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot:    …
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New Inflation rates for year to January 2019

New Inflation rates for year to January 2019   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to January 2019. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 2.5%, down 0.2%on the year to December 2018. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 1.8% (down 0.3%) and 1.8% (down 0.2%) respectively.   …
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Bob Crow – British Heart Foundation

In the next few months, Bob’s family and friends are under taking some sponsored events for charities. Please see the below message from Bob’s partner, Nicky.   I am going to be jumping a small airplane on the Friday 15th February 2019 (sky diving) with my son Anthony, my brother Alan and his son Craig …
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The Bob Crow Branch

Yesterday, the RMT agreed to change the name of our branch to the ‘Bob Crow Branch’ until the end of 2019.   This is the 5th anniversary of the passing of our late General Secretary and friend, Bob Crow and he is sadly missed by us all. As a mark of respect, we intend to …
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AUTUMN 2018 – LEGAL UPDATE

AUTUMN 2018 – LEGAL UPDATE   1.    Another attack on workers’ rights – small claims   The Government is pressing ahead with its plans to attack the rights of workers who are injured at work through no fault of their own. The Civil Liability Bill is expected to complete its passage through Parliament. The government say …
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SUPPORT FOR DEAF MEMBERS

SUPPORT FOR DEAF MEMBERS   RMT welcomes calls from deaf members via text relay.  It is no longer necessary to have a textphone to use this service – the member just needs to download the NGT (Next Generation Text) app to a smartphone or other device such as a tablet. Captions are created by a …
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BTUC YOUNG MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2019

BTUC YOUNG MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2019   The BTUC Young Members’ Conference will take place in March 2019 dates to be confirmed. The Union will be invited to send four delegates to the event and, one of the delegates will be the winner of the 2018 John Cogger Award for Young Members.   Members who will …
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JOHN COGGER AWARD FOR YOUNG MEMBERS 2019

JOHN COGGER AWARD FOR YOUNG MEMBERS 2019   Nominations are invited for the 2019 RMT John Cogger Award for Young Members.  The winner of the Award also becomes the Union’s nominee for the BTUC Award for Young Members; is automatically nominated for the BTUC Young Members’ Conference and various other activities in which the RMT …
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Transplant Redundancies

  Jean Cockerill Human Resources Director London Underground Ltd Palestra 7th Floor, 197 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ   16th November 2018   Dear Jean   TRANSPLANT TRANSFORMATION   I was some what surprised to come in possession of papers relating to meetings held on 6th and 11th Novembers  which purport to be minutes of …
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RMT Social Event 22nd Nov – Acton LT Museum

Amigos,   Our event in the Acton Town LT Museum is this Thursday afternoon.   It’s looking good, with  working and retired RMT members coming from as far as Bournemouth and the Forest of Dean.   It’s an RMT event but feel free to invite a friend There’s a Regional Council rally and social afterwards …
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RMT racks up another important victory in campaign to halt London Overground ticket office closures

RMT racks up another important victory in campaign to halt London Overground ticket office closures   RAIL UNION RMT today racked up another important victory in the campaign to halt the London Overground ticket office closure programme but warned that the battle is far from over. At a packed London Travelwatch board meeting today the …
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Thales Rail Signals redundancies

The following report has been sent to Unity House regarding the situation on Thales Rail Signals   Late last week, I was contacted by local Thales Rail Signals HR regarding the potential for 11 job losses in the testing and commissioning area of the company working on the London Underground 4LM Contract to upgrade the …
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RMT Credit Union

The LUEngineering Branch passed the below resolution to go to the London Transport Regional Council.   This is the first step to making RMT policy and shows how our union democracy works. If passed this then goes before our union’s National Executive who, once accepted, will make sure the actions are carried out.   Resolution: …
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TfL PENSIONS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (PCC) ELECTIONS SECTION TWO (TfL EMPLOYEES)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: TfL PENSIONS CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (PCC) ELECTIONS SECTION TWO (TfL EMPLOYEES)   Please be advised that the following resolution was placed before the National Executive Committee by the London Transport Regional Council:   “This Regional Council call on the NEC to endorse the following candidate for the upcoming TfL Pension Consultative Committee election for …
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RMT Trustee Election

ELECTION TO THE TRUSTEE COMMITTEE   Nominations were invited from Branches in the above election (Circular No. MF/59/18, 24th May 2018). The following valid nominations were received at head office on or before the close of nominations, 15th August 2018.   Name                                       Branch Wayne Barnett                       Bassetlaw Mat Partridge                          East Midland Central Keith Saunders                        Bridgend Llantrisant …
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September 2018 RMT Parliamentary Group Update

TO: ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS.   Ref: P4/02/18   10th September 2018   Dear Colleagues   RMT Parliamentary Group Report – Summer 2018   Please find enclosed a copy of the RMT Parliamentary Group’s Report for the period June to July 2018.   Yours sincerely     Mick Cash General Secretary   NP Circular …
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12th September 2018 RMT Circular

  OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS     12th September 2018                                                   Circular No: IR/403/18   Dear Colleague,   BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN OPERATORS, PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/314/18, 16th July 2018) when the previous …
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March and Rally against the Tories Birmingham 29th September 

March and Rally against the Tories Birmingham 29th September    Please see the details below of an important national event at which I will be speaking along with other speakers from the Trade Union movement.   All branches should organise to maximise attendance and use of branch resources is a legitimate expense. Please do all …
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SOO Waivers: Electrocuting PWT’s

It has come to the attention that LUL are looking at ways to cut back on safety to enable trains to run in the event of an over run of engineering works during engineering hours by using trains to do line searches rather than people. This would be in the event that a PWT-EH has …
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SOO Waivers

Many of you will know that we have had serious concerns with LULs wildly dangerous interpretation of the SOO waiver process .   This ended up as a compliant to the ORR .   There have been some developments which robustly back up our argument on the criteria of the waiver.   The ORR have …
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Summer II Legal 2018 Update

Summer II Legal 2018 Update:   Caste off The government has announced that, following a consultation on caste discrimination, it will not make caste an aspect of race discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.   The consultation, which received over 16,000 responses, considered two different options to protect people from this form of discrimination. The …
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RMT Credit Union

The LUEngineering Branch recently discussed the role of the banks in destroying the world economy through their greed and then have the cheek to blame working people for the crisis they caused.   Years of austerity followed where they not only blamed us but also tried to convince us of OUR need to pay for …
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July 2018 Inflation Rates

New Inflation rates for year to July 2018   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to July 2018. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 3.2%, down 0.2% on the year to June 2018. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 2.5% (up 0.1%) and 2.3% (unchanged) respectively. …
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Michelle Rogers for RMT President

LUEngineering Branch is proud to support Michelle Rogers for the position of President of our union.   Michelle is hard working and an excellent candidate for the role and we urge our branch members to ‘like’ her facebook page and vote for her.     https://www.facebook.com/RmtMichelle1/     Michelle Poster      
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Latest RMT Circular 17 8 18

17th August 2018                                                                     Circular No: IR/372/18   Dear Colleague,   REMOVAL OF DETRAINMENT STAFF, WATERLOO, WATERLOO & CITY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/10)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/340/18, 27th July 2018), the ballot closed with the following result:-   Question: Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?   Number …
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HOT WEATHER

HOT WEATHER   Following on from a consistent period of high temperature and lack of rainfall the Met Office yesterday issued a weather warning:   https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth   The advice given by the Met Office in their amber warning is as follows:   “Advice: Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible …
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RMT Circular 23rd May 2018

INTRODUCTION OF WTT15 – TRAIN OPERATORS – JUBILEE LINE, LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/228/18, 10th May 2018), the ballot has concluded with members voting as follows:-   Are you prepared to take strike action?   Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot:        108 Number of votes …
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VGC – WTC Grades at Plumstead

Following our successful organisation of the members working for VGC at Plumstead (Crossrail) we managed to secure an additional 4% pay rise.   However, our members felt that this did not meet their aspirations.   In the light of this development, the issue was tabled with Acas to seek a resolution and the RMT have …
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Balfour Beatty Rail (LT Contract)

Following lengthy discussions with Balfour Beatty Rail (LT Contract) we have managed to avoid any compulsory redundancies in this area, with any RMT members either retaining their jobs, being successfully redeployed or taking voluntary redundancy.   However, Balfour Beatty have failed to win further contracts of any size and LUL have so far failed to …
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Vinci Variations to terms and conditions

Vinci took over the contract to maintain various LUL buildings (such as 55 Broadway, Palestra House, Allsop Place etc) last year from Mitie and have forwarded a proposal to change rosters for our members at Palestra House and move the night staff to days. They look after the plumbing, fabric, electrics etc.   Following meetings …
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LUL Protection Staff

Cleshars & Morsons Protection Master Report LUL Contract:   Over the last year, we have been carrying out an intensive recruitment drive regarding Morsons and Cleshars Protection Masters. This has included grades such as Protection Master, Possession Masters and Train Masters. These staff currently work on the London Underground contract and provide safe access to …
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LUEngineering Branch Resolution to NEC

Resolution to NEC ref Transformation:   “This branch condemns the cuts being carried out across LUL and TFL. We note that LUL are now informing staff that they are intent on ignoring our jobs for life deal (Annex H, PPP Code of Best Practice) and have stated that people may be made compulsory redundant.   …
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Mass Meeting Transformation

Mass Meeting Transformation   On the 8th May 2018, LUEngineering branch organised a mass meeting of RMT members affected by the Transformation proposal from LUL  & TfL. Full reports were given by our representatives that had attended the discussions with Management from both companies and members were informed that this was the most that could …
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London Underground wake-up call to end the culture of picking on staff

RMT says that major employment tribunal loss by London Underground is a wake-up call to end the culture of picking on staff   TUBE UNION RMT today called on London Underground to end the culture of picking on staff and misusing procedures after the company lost an important employment tribunal case, costing the taxpayer a …
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RMT Circular 10th May 2018

        OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS       10th May 2018                                                          Circular No: IR/228/18   Dear Colleague,   DISMISSAL, L. VIGO, TRAIN OPERATOR, BAKERLOO LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/4/1)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/209/18, 24th April 2018), the meeting of …
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TfL Transformation Update

UPDATE FOLLOWING TfL ENGINEERING CONSULTATION   We met with the management yesterday (9th May) and discussed a range of issues.   The main topics we discussed were when results would be known, VS, SAE, development plans, targeted development plans, staff comms & the Resource Planning Tool.   We talked about the number of assessments that …
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OPPOSE TOMMY ROBINSON

OPPOSE TOMMY ROBINSON AND THE DEMOCRATIC FOOTBALL LADS ALLIANCE DEMONSTRATION – SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018   On Sunday 6 May, fascist English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and the racist Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) have organised a so-called ‘Day of Freedom’ for racists and Islamophobes in London.   Unite Against Fascism and Stand up …
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RMT Circular 30th April 2018

        OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS       30th April 2018                                                                     Circular No: IR/217/18   Dear Colleague,   INTRODUCTION OF WTT15 – TRAIN OPERATORS – JUBILEE LINE, LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   The following resolution has been received from …
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Transformation Mass Meeting Confirmed

Transformation Mass Meeting   As part of the transformation consultation, the RMT have organised a Mass Meeting to feedback to our members involved in this reorganisation and decide our next course of action.   The meeting will take place at 14:00 – 16:00, Tuesday 8th May in the Mahatma Ghandi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy …
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Merthyr Rising Festival May 25-27th 2018.

Merthyr Rising Festival May 25-27th 2018.   Merthyr Rising festival sponsored by RMT is a music, arts and ideas event that celebrates working-class culture and resistance at the birthplace of the red flag. This year’s fifth annual event, set for May 25-27 at Penderyn Square, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, takes place during the anniversary of …
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Branch and Union events

To see future events happening with regards to the Branch and RMT, please see our events page     RMT Events Click Here    
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UPDATE ON TfL ENGINEERING CONSULTATION

UPDATE ON TfL ENGINEERING CONSULTATION   On Friday 20th April the TUs met with management for a Consultation meeting.   I am aware of the email sent out to staff at 11.32, which was just under 30 minutes before we met them. We had no knowledge of the email’s contents. As you are aware the …
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RMT Circular 24th April 2018

        OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS       24th April 2018                                                                   Circular No: IR/209/18   Dear Colleague,   BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – KEOLIS AMEY DOCKLANDS   Further to my previous Circular (IR/135/18, 9th March 2018), the second round of strike action …
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RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 16th Garden Party

RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 16th Garden Party: Wednesday 13th June 2018.   Following the United Nations General Assembly last week adopting a resolution underlining the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, RMT will continue to show its solidarity with the people of Cuba. The …
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RMT LT Retired – next meeting, events

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   The next meeting of the LT Retired Members Branch will be on 8th May at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton St NW1 1JD. (A week later than usual because of May Day)   As usual we will have reports, discussion and updates on RMT and retired activities including a …
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Rail for London

The RMT have been building members that work for Rail for London at various locations including Allsop Place and Romford.   However, once Senior Management found out, they immediate gave recognition to two sister unions, TSSA and Prospect on the basis that they sign a no strike deal.     TSSA NO STRIKE AGREEMENT   …
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New Inflation rates for year to March 2018

New Inflation rates for year to March 2018   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to March 2018. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 3.3%, down 0.3% on the year to February 2018. The often quoted, but irrelevant for pay purposes alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were …
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Pre- SGM Fringe Meeting for SGM delegates and Observers (RMT)

Dear Comrades,   The LUEngineering Branch are organising a fringe meeting at the Special Annual General Meeting for delegates and branch observers (RMT).   This will be to show case the debate and highlight the reasons why our branch, and many others, believe that we should retain our existing political strategy and not affiliate to …
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Discussion on RMT Affiliation to the Labour Party

RMT Paddington No.1 Branch and SW&W Regional Council host a discussion on RMT Affiliation to the Labour Party RMT and LABOUR   ‘The past we inherit, the future we build’     Special Meeting Wednesday, 25 April 2018 18.00hrs Friends House 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ   All members WELCOME   RMT members are …
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[Bring Back British Rail] We need your support to take Chris Grayling to court!

  We need your support to bring Chris Grayling to court over the East Coast rail franchise fiasco. We can’t do this without you. Please pledge and share today: crowdjustice.com/case/eastcoast Pledge to help us make East Coast public Enough is enough! Our East Coast mainline was a brilliant success in public-ownership and should never have …
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RMT Wishaw and Motherwell: Reasons they are against Labour Party Affiliation

RMT Wishaw and Motherwell:          12th April 2014   RMT affiliation to the Labour Party: Branch and Regional Council Consultation   Preamble:   1)  On this and each and every occasion, we must examine what is in the best interests of our Members.   In relation to the “RMT Labour Party Affiliation Discussion Paper” circularised to …
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CHANGES TO CRIMINAL HELPLINE NUMBER

To: All Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices   Dear Colleague,   RE: CHANGES TO CRIMINAL HELPLINE NUMBER   I write in relation to the above matter. I have received notification that Powell Spencer Solicitors are currently in the process of installing a new system to handle out of hours calls for the Criminal Helpline. …
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Why LUEngineering Branch decided against Affiliation to the Labour Party

Following several branch meetings to discuss the matter of whether to reaffiliate to the Labour Party, our Branch decided against.   We also decided to take part in the broader campaign to keep our political independence     Click here to read why     Please ‘like’ the campaign facebook page –   https://m.facebook.com/Campaign-to-defend-RMTs-political-strategy-731272743663085/   …
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Public inquiry finally confirm Mark Cassidy as an undercover police officer that infiltrated construction union UCATT

Undercover police officer HN15 = Mark Cassidy = Mark Jenner The undercover policing public inquiry has finally confirmed that the joiner many of us knew as Mark Cassidy was in truth an undercover police officer. His real name is Mark Jenner and b etween 1995-2000, he infiltrated the construction UCATT (his subs were paid from …
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RMT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH MINISTER OVER SPIKE IN RACIST ABUSE

RMT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH MINISTER OVER SPIKE IN RACIST ABUSE OF STAFF IN WAKE OF HEADLINES ABOUT TERROR CELL’S ON LONDON TRANSPORT   Tube union RMT has today written to the Minister of State for Security, Ben Wallace, after Government comments about the possibility of terrorists embedding themselves within London Transport were turned into …
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Branch Phone Apps

To keep up to date the branch please download our APPs and leave feedback   iPhone   Click here for iPhone App     Android   Click here for Android APP
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Labour Party Affiliation

RMT Labour Party affiliation consultation – please be involved in the discussion   As you may be aware your union is consulting RMT Branches over whether the union should affiliate to the Labour party and I am writing to explain the current situation and to advise you that your NEC is asking for the widest …
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Joke is on passengers says RMT

Joke is on passengers says RMT as 1st April marks two years of failure and broken promises on German owned Northern Rail Franchise   RMT members to hold week of protest at stations across the north over threats to safety, service and accessibility   1st April 2018 marks the two-year anniversary of the beginning of …
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Please VOTE ‘1’ for Steven Skelly

Please VOTE ‘1’ for Steven Skelly   He is a proven candidate that can deliver for members   A proven Negotiator Defender of Jobs and Security Strong and Effective Leadership Experienced in many areas Proven ability to build a strong union  
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Blacklist Support Group update 27.03.18 – that was the week that was

A massive week in our campaign   On Wednesday with the walkout of the Spycops inquiry in a show of no confidence in Judge Mitting. The Blacklist Support Group took that décision in solidarity with others families including the Lawrence’s and other groups being represented within these proceedings. Our collective message was clear – We are …
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Spycops victims stage mass walk out at public inquiry

Victims of undercover police units and their lawyers staged a mass walk out during today’s hearing of the undercover policing public inquiry calling for the removal of Sir John Mitting as the new judge in charge of the inquiry. Sir John Mitting has told the inquiry, that victims will be be met with a ‘wall of …
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Circular No 056 spring UPdate 2018

Please  see above and below Circular No: NCP/056/18 Our Ref: LA/15/03/2018 15th March 2018   To: Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices Dear colleague, Spring 2018 Update: 1.Compensatory Rest Breaks (Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure) This was one of our cases where the EAT found in our favour. The Working Time Regulations 1998 introduced a …
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Tubelines/ LUL alignment

Tubelines/ LUL alignment   Since tube lines were transferred to come fully under the LUL Banner, there has been many rumours circulating around how much different grades get paid and who gets paid more or who gets paid less. Most of these have been very wide of the mark and were incorrect.   However, it …
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LUL Circular 14th March 2018

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN OPERATORS, PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Following the resolution to this dispute last year (Circular IR/173/17, 21st April 2017), a meeting with the Senior Assistant General Secretary, NEC members, Trains Functional Council Reps and Piccadilly Line Reps recently took place at Unity House. At this meeting, it was …
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DLR Disputes

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – KEOLIS AMEY DOCKLANDS (DLR/14/2)   STRIKE ACTION DATES CHANGED   Further to my Circular (IR/130/18, 7th March 2018), it has unfortunately been necessary due to a technical fault to change the strike action dates. Therefore, all KAD members are now instructed to take strike action by not booking on for …
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RMT demands to know extent of private rail company profiteering at public expense during cold weather

RMT demands to know extent of private rail company profiteering at public expense during cold weather   Rail union RMT today demanded to know how much Britain’s private rail operators have extracted from the taxpayer during the adverse weather over the past week as they continue to milk Britain’s rigged rail franchising system at public …
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Branch Meeting 7th March

Branch Meetings Things we discuss:   Equality in the Workplace. Lastest News from your area Last Meeting Matters Arising such as: MIS Local Level Meeting:  Report on cleaners were being given block joint testers to test blockjoints District Signals: Report on the issue of the cameras in IMRs. Flexible Working: Report on his flexible working …
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INFLATION – INHERITING PROPERTY WILL DIMINISH INEQUALITY BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS, BUT EXACERBATE INTRA-CLASS INEQUALITY

  INFLATION – INHERITING PROPERTY WILL DIMINISH INEQUALITY BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS, BUT EXACERBATE INTRA-CLASS INEQUALITY       180213gb(C-Inflation_Feb2018)
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LUL Circular 14th February 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 …
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COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION OF CARILLION

COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION OF CARILLION   I write further to my previous circular on the above matter (Ref: IR/65/18, 5th February 2018) to provide an update on the latest developments with regards to the liquidation of Carillion.   Your union was represented at a recent meeting convened by the TUC at which liquidators PWC provided an …
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What’s the difference between Tube Lines and LUL conditions

Over the next few months and years there willl be discussions surrounding aligning Tube Lines and LUL T&C’s. We will be pushing for a movement upwards/   The below documents show the difference between LUL and Tube Lines conditions.   Comparison Document     Click here       LUL Pay Implementation Notice     …
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TFL TRANSFORMATION (TFL/15/4)

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS 11th January 2018 Circular No: IR/23/18 Dear Colleagues, TFL TRANSFORMATION (TFL/15/4) Further to my previous Circular (IR/431/17, 28th September 2017), where I advised that TfL was undertaking a ‘root and branch’ review of the business with the intention of hitting a savings …
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New Year Legal Circular

Please see above and below Circular No: NCP/009/18 Our Ref: LA/01/2018 17TH January 2018 To: Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices Dear colleague, New Year Legal Update 1. Helplines Numbers and Update in L2 form RMT Helpline – 0800 376 3706. England and Wales. In Scotland and Off Shore members the number has changed to: …
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COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION OF CARILLION

To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils   Circular No IR.031/18   16th January 2018   Our Ref: BR1/15/6     Dear Colleagues,   COMPULSORY LIQUIDATION OF CARILLION   Obviously our worse fears of the last few weeks has happened and sadly through no fault of their own our members find their future employment, …
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December 2017 Inflation Rates

New Inflation rates for year to December 2017   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to December 2017. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 4.1%, up 0.2% on the year to November 2017. The often quoted, but irrelevant for pay purposes alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were …
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RMT CALLS ON LONDON MAYOR TO TAKE CARILLION’S LONDON RAIL CONTRACTS INTO DIRECT TFL OWNERSHIP

RMT CALLS ON LONDON MAYOR TO TAKE CARILLION’S LONDON RAIL CONTRACTS INTO DIRECT TFL OWNERSHIP   RAIL UNION RMT has today called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to take immediate measures to bring Carillion’s London rail contract work into direct public ownership through Transport for London with guaranteed protection for the workforce, their jobs, pay, …
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RMT TRADE UNION EDUCATION & LEARNING FESTIVAL 2018 – UNVEILING OF JFT96 MEMORIAL.   

RMT TRADE UNION EDUCATION & LEARNING FESTIVAL 2018 – UNVEILING OF JFT96 MEMORIAL.      The 2018 RMT Festival of Education & Learning will take place at the Bob Crow National Education Centre. In accordance with a decision of the National Executive Committee a bespoke memorial will be unveiled in honour of the ‘Justice for …
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RMT calls on Government to give assurances to workforce caught in Carillion financial crisis.

RMT calls on Government to give assurances to workforce caught in Carillion financial crisis.   General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “The Government should be giving clear-cut assurances to the workers who are watching the Carillion crisis play out on their TV screens this weekend. They are caught in the crossfire of a financial crisis …
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ELECTION OF RELIEF REGIONAL ORGANISER – SOUTH Term of Office – 5 Years

ELECTION OF RELIEF REGIONAL ORGANISER – SOUTH Term of Office – 5 Years     Nominations have been invited for the above position (Circular No. MF/137/17, 14th December 2017).   The deadline for nominations is WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH 2018.   If you wish to stand then please attend a branch meeting and stand for election …
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New Membership forms from the 1st March 2018

NEW LAW – NEW MEMBERSHIP FORMS   I am writing in relation to the production of new membership forms that we must use from the 1st March 2018.   The main reason for the change is that from this date the Tory government’s attack against unions using political funds to campaign and support political initiatives …
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Train Ticket Price Hike

On 25th anniversary year of railway privatisation new study shows yesterday’s rail fare hikes will worsen the cost of living crisis The 2nd of January marked the 25th anniversary of The Railway Act of 1993 – that led to the privatisation of the railways – and the day before rail season tickets are due to …
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RMT PWT Update

The RMT have been meeting with LUL to discuss many issues that affect our members carrying out protection duties for Morsons and Cleshars   Below is a report from the meeting   LUL have agreed in principle to an incident process whereby the aim is to have the outcome within 48 hours. We discussed a …
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December Transformation Report – Cherry Picking

Below is a report on the latest Transformation Negotiations from our reps.   “We have come across another obstacle today which is pan Transformation and something which we all felt needs a clear and constant approach.   As such we have insisted on a meeting with Colin Game on Jan 2nd before we go any …
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RMT PAY BULLETIN: Sept to Dec 2017

Dear Colleagues   RMT PAY BULLETIN: Sept to Dec 2017   RPI inflation (change in cost of living relative to same time one year earlier) remains high at 3.9%.   However, inflation has likely peaked. For the final three months of 2018, annual RPI (according to the latest forecasts) is expected to fall to 3.2% …
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RMT Newsletter 7th December 2017

Dear Colleagues,   PAY PARITY, TRANSPLANT MAINTENANCE & STORES STAFF – LONDON UNDERGROUND (ex-AP JNP) (LUL/10/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/540/17, 28th November 2017), the ballot has concluded and the result was as follows:-   Are you prepared to take strike action?   Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the …
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VGC Works Controller Dispute

As part of the claim for an increase in Pay for Work Train Controllers on the Crossrail Project, working for VGC, the RMT have lodged the following case to support an uplift in salary.   We look forward to more detailed talks in support of our claim.   History   In our contract (see an …
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Blacklist Support Group

Unite the Union has today launched a new blacklisting claim at the High Court. This time around they have named key individuals at the centre of The Consulting Association scandal as defendants including; Cullum McAlpine, David Cochrane (from Sir Robert McAlpine), Danny O’Sullivan (Kier) and Stephen Quant (Skanska), with the intention that these senior executives …
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2017 Branch Social and Long Service Awards

The Branch rounded off 2017 with a well earned social event.   Mick Cash, Steve Hedley and Mick Lynch all attended on what was a very enjoyable evening.   The branch also honoured our long service members of 10, 25 and 40 years, by giving out badges to all that could attend.   We thank …
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LUL Asset Operations (Boxing Day Ballot)

London Underground Signalling Staff (former Metronet areas ONLY) that work for Incident and Maintence Departments and those in the Fault Report Centre are now receiving their ballot papers regarding Boxing Day Working.   This dispute has occurred following many years of discussions with management, whereby our members views, that we need to minimise Boxing Day …
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Facebook & Twitter Link restored

The facebook and twitter feeds for our branch has now been restored.   To catch up on any news that you’ve missed in the last few months please click the link below   News
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RMT Circular 28th Nov 2017

  OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS     28th November 2017                                                Circular No: IR/540/17   Dear Colleagues,   BOXING DAY WORKING – LONDON UNDERGROUND (ASSET OPERATIONS) (LUL/7/2)   A resolution was recently received from LU Engineering Branch regarding the appalling way LUL has treated its staff …
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VGC Dispute

The RMT have been in discussions with VGC regarding fair pay and treatment for the Works Train Controllers working on the Cross Rail Contract at Plumstead.   These staff were in some cases employed as Machine Controllers and have seen a huge increase in their work and associated responsibility. However, there has been no associated …
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ETO Agreement: Managers

Part of the agreement for Pay Parity with Engineering Train Operators was an agreed review of Operational Managers Pay to ensure that the differential was maintained between them and the grades that they controlled.   Detailed discussion took place with Tube Lines Management regarding this matter and centred around what managers were in scope and …
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Thales Pay Deal

Dear ALL   Following lengthy talks with the Company, the RMT and Thales have finally reached agreement on pay and we understand that the back pay & increase will be paid in the next available pay run.   During the talks, we carried out a referendum among our members that showed a majority to accept …
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Former Metronet Signals Boxing Day Dispute

LUL Signals Boxing Day Dispute   Dear Colleagues,   The RMT have been talking to LUL (ex-Metronet areas) for nearly four years regarding working over the Christmas Period. We have asked for movement towards maximising how many staff can be off should they wish and also requesting a bonus form people forced to work on …
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RMT demand talks regarding Train Prep

96 HOUR FLEET PREPARATION – LONDON UNDERGROUND   It has been brought to my attention that LUL Fleet management in both BCV/LUL and JNP are attempting to discuss the important issue of changes in frequencies of Train Preparation. There is talk of moving to a 96 hours preparation and this proposal is of grave concern …
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Transformation & Redeployment

The RMT are holding an urgent meeting tomorrow to discuss Transformation among their reps.   Part of these discussions will be the below proposal from Management that could be perceived as a variation to existing agreements that affect all members of staff.   The RMT are happy to work through changes with Management but they …
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SPC/ PM & WSP PAYMENTS

Please find attached the original Protection Master and Site Person in Charge Agreement concluded between the RMT and Tubelines and forms part of the agreements that are carried over.   SPIC and PM RMT April 2008
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RMT welcomes Labour MP Dan Carden’s backing for Merseyrail guards

RMT welcomes Labour MP Dan Carden’s backing for Merseyrail guards in parliamentary debate   Rail union RMT has welcomed Labour MP Dan Cardens support for their fight to keep the guard on our trains.  The Liverpool Walton Labour MPs has been a solid supporter of the guards and this week  Mr Carden secured a special …
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Political School

Attendance on the Political School is intended to equip participants with a sound understanding of the political role of trade unions, the RMT’s political activity and our international work. Students on the course will consider how Branches and Regions can most effectively support national campaigns and develop local campaigning initiatives.   The Political School takes …
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RMT SLAMS CHRIS GRAYLING

RMT SLAMS CHRIS GRAYLING’S “MISLEADING, DAMAGING AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED” LETTER TO MP’S OVER RAIL SAFETY DISPUTES   RAIL UNION RMT today slammed a letter sent to MP’s by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over the on-going guard’s safety disputes as “a wholly misleading work of fiction that damages the prospects of reaching a negotiated with the …
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Special Company Council, Tube Lines TUPE

Special Company Council, Tube Lines TUPE Consultation, Thursday 26TH October 2017,   Commencing at 10.00 ER Meeting Room, 7th Floor, Palestra Present   Martin Coppen, Head of AP JNP David Swygart, ER TfL Jackie May, HR TLL John Leach, RMT Russ Clark, RMT Bill Teale, RMT Paul O’Brien, RMT Kelly Berry, RMT Kyle Dempsey, RMT …
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DRIVER ONLY OPERATION (DOO)

DRIVER ONLY OPERATION (DOO)   Further to my Circular No IR/252/16 dated the 24th August 2016 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you of the union’s national campaign to defend the role of the Guard and our fight against the further spread of Driver Only Operation. I can now advise you …
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TUBE CHAOS ON PICCADILLY LINE

TUBE CHAOS ON PICCADILLY LINE DUE TO CUTS TO TRACKSIDE MANAGEMENT AND FLOGGING OFF SPECIALIST LATHE   TUBE UNION RMT today demanded that London Underground halt and reverse maintenance cuts and key asset sales after if emerged that reductions in vegetation management and the flogging off of a key piece of kit were major factors …
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National Demonstration against Fees and Cuts November 15th 2017

National Demonstration against Fees and Cuts November 15th 2017 The National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts is a network of student and education worker activists, founded in 2010. Since then, the NCAFC has helped activists on campuses up and down the country organise direct action against tuition fees, education cuts and wider cuts to public …
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RMT Circular 26th October 2017

Dear Colleagues,   PROPOSED TUPE TRANSFER OF AP JNP (TUBE LINES) TO LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD (LUL/15/10)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/431/17, 28th September 2017), it is now confirmed that on Sunday 29th October all AP JNP staff, approximately 1900 employees, will transfer into London Underground under TUPE. On this day, AP JNP members …
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RMT Equality Courses

RMT’s first ever Disabled Members’ weekend course will be taking place at the National Education Centre in Doncaster on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March 2018. This will be a chance for disabled members to learn how the union works, to get more involved, to raise the issues that concern us as disabled members, and …
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RMT Circular 16th October 2017

  OFFICIAL CIRCULAR       POST-AGREEMENT JOINT INITIATIVES FOR TRAIN OPERATORS – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0004)  
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Elections for the TfL Pensions Consultative committee

  TfL Pensions Fund Elections   Elections for the Pensions Consultative committee   It’s that time again when there are elections for staff representatives to sit on the pensions committee to keep an eye on our money.  
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September 2017 Inflation Rate

Dear Colleagues   INFLATION RATES JUST SHOW AVERAGE CHANGE IN COST OF LIVING –   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 3.9% for the year to September
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Comparison between LUL & Tube Lines Conditions

Please see attached document   Benefits comparison 11th October 2017v1.xlsx
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Tube Lines TUPE to LUL

Tube Lines TUPE to LUL   Talks have been ongoing with LUL regarding the Transfer of Tube Lines Staff into LUL. Please see attached the last minutes for the Special Company Council that has taken place.
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5th October 2017 RMT Circular

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS   Dear Colleagues,
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RMT TUBE CLEANERS TO DEMONSTRATE

RMT TUBE CLEANERS TO DEMONSTRATE FOR JUSTICE AND END TO OUTSOURCING   TUBE CLEANERS UNION RMT is organising a demonstration outside City Hall to protest against poor pay and conditions as a result of outsourcing.   The demonstration will take place on Thursday 12 October at  09:00, Thursday 12 October at City Hall, The Queen’s …
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RMT MEMBERS “SOLID, UNITED AND DETERMINED” ON LATEST DAY OF STRIKE ACTION OVER RAIL SAFETY

RMT MEMBERS “SOLID, UNITED AND DETERMINED” ON LATEST DAY OF STRIKE ACTION OVER RAIL SAFETY   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members stand solid, united and determined this morning in the latest phase of strike action in four separate disputes which are qabout putting safety, security and access to services before the profiteering …
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Tribunal fees Update

Tribunal fees Update   I refer to my earlier circular of the 26th July 2017 where I advised   that as of 26th July 2017, fees are no longer payable when bringing an employment case to tribunal. This means no one has to pay a fee to lodge a claim nor does a hearing fee have …
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NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION (NPC) FUNDING

NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION (NPC) FUNDING   I refer to Circular NP/079/15, 30th April 2015, as you will recall a resolution agreed at the 2014 National Retired Members Advisory Conference called on RMT Branches and individual members to join the NPC. Subsequently the Council of Executives (National Executive Committee) in support of this motion instructed the …
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RMT Circular 28th September 2017  

28th September 2017                                                                  Circular No: IR/431/17   Dear Colleagues,   PROPOSED TUPE TRANSFER OF AP JNP (TUBE LINES) TO LONDON UNDERGROUND LTD (formerly Termination of Amey Maintenance Contract – Tube Lines AP JNP) (LUL/15/10)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/237/16, 12th August 2016), I advised of Tube Lines AP JNP intention not to extend …
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Thales Pay Offer

Dear ALL,   The below offer is for LR1-7 Job Families 7 & 10 plus site engineers ONLY.  Please note that I still have to come up with a form of words regarding CPI and this is not a measure that the RMT accepts for the inflation rate as we use the RPI measure. However, …
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RMT Contribution Rates

RMT Contribution Rates   In 2014, following a successful AGM resolution, the union introduced a reduced contribution rate to encourage organisation and provide support for members within low paid sectors of the industry.   Upon its introduction the union conducted an exercise with full time officers to identify those members who met the qualifying criteria …
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PREMATURE BABIES – ACAS GUIDANCE

TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL OFFICES & REGIONAL COUNCILS   2nd October 2017       Dear Colleague,   PREMATURE BABIES – ACAS GUIDANCE   ACAS have published new advice for employers on how to support staff who have given birth to premature or ill babies.   Over 95,000 premature or sick babies are born each …
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Blacklisting debate in parliament 

Blacklisting debate in parliament 5th September 2017 – 1:30pm Westminster Hall Houses of Parliament   Blacklisting will be debated again by MPs in parliament in September after Chuka Umunna secured a Westminster Hall debate.
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Cut fares not guards

General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “The huge hike in fares confirmed last week is another kick in the teeth for passengers who ‎already fork out colossal sums to travel on rammed out,unreliable trains while the private operators are laughing all the way to the bank.
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Inflation Circular – New RPI is 3.6% – Info on defending use of RPI

Head Office Circular No. NP/131/17   To the Secretary, all Branches and Regional Councils Tuesday 15 August 2017   Dear Colleagues   ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAX INCREASE FOR REGULATED TRAIN FARES, FROM JAN 2018 -SIGNIFICANT FOR NEGOTIATING INCREASE TO RAIL WORKERS’ PAY & BENEFITS
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LEGAL UPDATE SUMMER 2017

Circular No: NP/110/17 Our Ref: LA/2017 13th July 2017   To: Branches, Regional Councils & Regional Offices
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Thales revised Pay Offer

Thales have made a revised pay offer for their LR 1-7 staff in job families 7 & 10 plus site engineers.   The offer is below:   Year 1 – 1.2% Year 2 – 1.5% +0.5%* Year 3 – 1.7% +0.8%*   *Subject to meeting the in year MYB EBIT target.   The issue is …
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9th August LUL Circular

FIXED TERM CONTRACTS, WORKSHOP STAFF, PICCADILLY LINE – TUBE LINES (LUL/13/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/325/17, 27th July 2017), the discussions with our Reps regarding rostering during the 3 month leaf fall period have concluded with an agreement covering the next 2 years to allow extra lifting work due to the leaf fall …
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RMT warns of Night Tube crisis on the Piccadilly Line

RMT warns of Night Tube crisis on the Piccadilly Line   TUBE UNION RMT warned today that the Night Tube on the Piccadilly line is in crisis with a serious lack of trained train operators available to run the service.   RMT has been informed that the amount of drivers available to run the Mayor’s …
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New website goes live

LUEngineering Branch is proud to declare that the new website has now gone live an dshould be fully functional.   The Android App for our website can be obtained at   Click here for the Android APP   And hopefully the APP for iPhone will be finally published very soon as it is in the …
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PPP Code of Best Practice

During the TUPE talks for certain staff from LUL to be transferred into TfL, LUL continually stated that the PPP Code of Best Practice was non-contractual.   Your union was able to obtain information that clearly showed that that was not the true position and not only that, but, that the LUL negotiating team was …
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TRANSFER FROM LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED (LUL) TO TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) MINUTES

TRANSFER OF ENGINEERING, MAJOR PROJECTS, PMO AND CHANGE DELIVERY ACTIVITY FROM LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED (LUL) TO TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL)  Talks in this area have taken place over the last few months and the RMT remains opposed to this transfer and does not believe that we have ended consultation or have we reached a satisfactory …
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Opps TUPE’d the Wrong People

In quite an amazing show of incompetence, LUL have admitted that they have sent letters to staff involved on the TUPE transfer from LUL to TfL and had not even managed to get the dates correct. More worryingly than this admin error, they also seem to have welcomed people to TfL that were not even …
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RMT Circular 13th July

  FIXED TERMS CONTRACTS, WORKSHOP STAFF, PICCADILLY LINE TUBE LINES   Further to my previous Circular (IR/286/17, 10th July 2017) and following the overwhelming ballot result in favour of industrial action, talks were held with the Company at Director level to try to resolve this matter. RMT reiterated our total opposition to fixed term contracts …
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LUL – HOT PROCEDURE

  LUL – HOT PROCEDURE   Our representatives on LUL have been raising our members’ concerns over the suitability of and individual employees’ understanding, of the company’s security arrangements following the incident at North Greenwich in October 2016 and more recent high-profile tragedies. Our Regional Organiser was not satisfied with the company’s response to our …
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14th June RMT Circular

14th June 2017                                                                         Circular No: IR/247/17   Dear Colleagues,   FIXED TERM CONTRACTS, WORKSHOP STAFF, PICCADILLY LINE – TUBE LINES (LUL/13/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/215/17, 24th May 2017), members will recall the dispute situation over Tube Lines’ intention to recruit 35 new staff to work in workshops on the Piccadilly Line on …
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PROPOSED TRANSFER OF ENGINEERING, MAJOR PROJECTS, PMO AND CHANGE DELIVERY ACTIVITY FROM LUL TO TfL

PROPOSED TRANSFER OF ENGINEERING, MAJOR PROJECTS, PMO AND CHANGE DELIVERY ACTIVITY FROM LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED (LUL) TO TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) Folloiwng LUL’s decision to renege on agreements reached at Tube Lines and Metronet for staff that had been transferred into LUL previously, the RMT have decided that it will not just accept this decision. …
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LUL Engineering TUPE to TfL

Dear ALL, We met with LUL on the 1st June in a stormy discussion regarding the proposed transfer of 1600 staff into TfL Engineering Directorates. The RMT reiterated its opposition to this cost cutting change and our commitment to ensuring that our members are protected and their terms and conditions are not affected adversely by this …
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Renewed terror threat – RMT calls for reversal of Tory manifesto proposals

Renewed terror threat – RMT calls for reversal of Tory manifesto proposals to abolish British Transport Police and for a halt to cuts to rail staff   Transport union RMT has today written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd seeking an urgent meeting and urging her to abandon the proposal in the Tory manifesto to …
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Blacklist Support Group – Vote for a public inquiry into blacklisting and workers rights

The Labour Manifesto pledges to hold a full public inquiry into blacklisting whereas Theresa May has repeatedly refused to set up a public inquiry when she was Home Secretary. The polls indicate that the General Election is now a 2 horse race between Labour and the Tories, therefore the Blacklist Support Group is encouraging its …
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SPEAKERS & ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED – RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 15th Garden Party

SPEAKERS & ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED – RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 15th Garden Party In association with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, the 15th RMT Annual Garden Party for Cuba will take place on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at Maritime House, Clapham, London, commencing 7.00pm. Tickets are now available and are £15 each. This includes a free …
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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 …
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2017 General Election – Tory Manifesto proposals to attack rail workers right to strike

2017 General Election – Tory Manifesto proposals to attack rail workers right to strike    I am writing to draw your attention to the following extract from the Conservative Party Manifesto. “We will work with train companies and their employees to agree minimum service levels during periods of industrial dispute – and if we cannot …
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RMT’s Mick Cash welcomes Labours’ rail campaign day

RMT’s Mick Cash welcomes Labours’ rail campaign day Welcoming Labours’ rail campaign day today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Labour commitment to British state ownership of our railways will end the debacle of three quarters of our railways being foreign-owned and UK passengers being ripped off with the profits shipped abroad to support …
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LUL TUPE to TfL

The RMT are organising a meeting set up specifically for our members and LU employees who are in scope for the proposed LU TUPE to TfL, on Wednesday 10th May, 12 noon, at Unity House, Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD Senior Reps and Officers will be attending what we consider as the first consultation meeting …
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LGBT+ PRIDE EVENTS 2017

My ref: EO/16 2nd May 2017 Circular No. NP/66/17   TO: THE SECRETARY ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS     Dear Colleague,   LGBT+ PRIDE EVENTS 2017   LGBT+ Pride events are opportunities for us to promote the union and our campaigns as well as to show support and solidarity for our LGBT+ community.  Confirmed …
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Blacklisting: General Election

Every political party in the General Election is claiming to be the voice of the workers. Blacklisted construction workers know the score.   Labour pledges a public inquiry into blacklisting: That gets our vote! http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/workers/ This pledge was announced by John McDonnell in St.George’s Hall, Liverpool last week in front of the huge Blacklist Support …
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Blacklist Support Group

#spycops Blacklisted workers were kept under surveillance by big business but also by the British state who exchanged information with major employers. BSG are among the core participants in the Pitchford public inquiry into undercover policing and will therefore be attending the protest at the next hearing: Protest at undercover policing public inquiry hearing – …
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RMT BALLOT FOR ACTION OPENS TODAY OVER "LONDON BRIDGE THREE"

RMT BALLOT FOR ACTION OPENS TODAY OVER “LONDON BRIDGE THREE”  – TUBE STAFF SACKED AND DISCIPLINED FOR STOPPING VIOLENT ASSAULT   Tube union RMT has confirmed that balloting of station staff across the London Bridge and Waterloo group for both strike action and action short of a strike has opened today after one member was …
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PROPOSED TRANSFER OF ENGINEERING etc to TfL

PROPOSED TRANSFER OF ENGINEERING, MAJOR PROJECTS, PMO AND CHANGE DELIVERY ACTIVITY FROM LUL TO TFL Following a communication sent out by LUL on Monday 27th March regarding the above, I am writing to all RMT LUL members to ensure you are clear on the above situation and RMT’s position in relation to the associated consultation …
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Branch Request to Ballot Tube Lines Northern Track

The LUEngineering Branch has received a request to ballot all track members on the Northern Line over an over zealous and incorrect interpretation of the Attendance Policy by two members of HR. On two occasions now, RMT members have had their sick pay stopped for being off sick with ‘leisure’ related illness. In both cases, …
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GOVERNMENT PLANS TO AXE RAIL STAFF, COMPROMISE SAFETY AND RUN TRAINS ON THE CHEAP

RMT WARNS OF CO-ORDINATED GOVERNMENT PLANS TO AXE RAIL STAFF, COMPROMISE SAFETY AND RUN TRAINS ON THE CHEAP Rail union RMT warned today of a co-ordinated Government plan to axe thousands of rail jobs including all drivers from Britain’s trains. The Rail Capability Plan, just issued with Government and RSSB support, sets out proposals to …
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March 17th RMT Circular

FULL-TIME TRAIN OPERATOR POSITIONS, CONTRACTED HOURS AND OVERTIME RATE – NIGHT TUBE DRIVERS – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/88/17, 24th February 2017), the ballot concluded with members voting as follows:-   Are you prepared to take strike action?   Total Votes Cast                64 Number Voting ‘Yes’           62 Number Voting ‘No’            …
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Inflation Rates Feb 2017

New Inflation Rates   The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to February 2017. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 3.2% for the year to February 2017, up 0.6% from the year to January 2017. Some private and public sector employers are attempting to sideline RPI as the …
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RMT Circular 3rd March

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS – LONDON UNDERGROUND (FLEET GRADES) (LUL/14/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/88/17, 24th February 2017), the National Executive Committee has taken the decision to call on all Fleet Grades members to undertake the following industrial action from 00:01 hours on Tuesday 7th March 2017 until further notice:- Not to work …
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Retired Members Branch Meeting 7th March

NEXT BRANCH MEETING I hope you can come along to the next meeting of the RMT London Transport Retired Members Branch.   It’s on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton Street London NW1 1JD. We will be discussing ongoing RMT issues, and branch activities including the 2017 Retired Members Conference.  Please find attached …
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Blacklisting & Spycops: in court & parliament – Blacklist Support Group update 23rd Feb 2017

  Blacklisting debate in Westminster parliament Well done Chuka Umunna for using a Westminster debate in parliament to call for a public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal Blacklist Support Group hold their head in shame after being praised by a Tory government minister Full transcript: http://myparliament.info/Debates/Commons/2017-02-08/18857 http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a586-Ministers-reject-latest-calls-for-blacklisting-probe#.WK75MTKcbeR http://leftfootforward.org/2017/02/unite-backs-chuka-umunnas-call-for-blacklisting-public-inquiry/ ETUC calls for more legal protection on …
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Friends of Durham Miners Association Appeal

Friends of Durham Miners Association Appeal The Durham Miners’ Gala is an important and historic date in our movement’s calendar and one at which the RMT has always been represented. Last year, it was estimated that 150,000 attended what was the largest gathering for several decades and they are expecting even more to experience the …
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Tube drivers’ strike on Central Line East rock solid this morning

Tube drivers’ strike on Central Line East rock solid this morning TUBE UNION RMT said today that strike action on the Central Line East is “rock solid” as expected this morning with the union repeating the call for management to start taking the issues at the heart of the dispute seriously  and start engaging in …
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Agreement reached with Engineering Train Drivers

Following months of talks between the RMT, Aslef and Tube Lines, a final offer has now been received that is acceptable to our members. This shows what unity in workforce can achieve especially when a dispute is driven by the rank and file members whose determination and strength, whether RMT or Aslef, deserves to be …
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February 15th RMT Circular

FULL-TIME TRAIN OPERATORS POSITIONS, CONTRACTED HOURS AND OVERTIME RATE – NIGHT TUBE DRIVERS – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)   The following resolution was recently received from the London Transport Regional Council:- “This Union deplores the decision of LUL to prevent NT Drivers (TO23) from moving to full-time (TO21) positions for a period of at least 18 …
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Tube drivers to strike again on Central Line East

Tube drivers to strike again on Central Line East over cuts-led forced displacement of staff  Following last month’s rock solid strike action against the forced displacement of Central Line Train Operators, and having consulted with local reps , RMT’s National Executive Committee has taken the decision to call on all affected members at Hainault, Leytonstone …
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Southern make a mockery of dispute talk

General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT entered today’s talks in good faith but it soon became clear that the only thing Southern were interested in was bulldozing through driver only operation further and faster with safety and access to services not even on their agenda. That pig-headed attitude has today wrecked the talks process. “Not …
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Jan Inflation Rate

New Inflation Rates   The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to January 2017.   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 2.6% for the year to January 2017, up 0.1% from the year to December 2016.   Some private and public sector employers are attempting to sideline RPI …
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Unions demand action from spycops inquiry following Met Police shredding of evidence

Joint Union Statement  We the undersigned are outraged at the news that despite court orders to the contrary, the Metropolitan Police Service has destroyed evidence required for use in the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry. State spying on trade unions and political campaigns is a human rights scandal that affects millions of British citizens. Despite continued …
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ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)

ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) I write further to my Circular (IR/26/17) dated 20th January 2017 and to my Circular dated 4th February 2017, in which I informed you of the shocking and historical betrayal of our conductor members at the hands of the TUC, ASLE&F and Southern management. …
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February 3rd RMT Circular

STATION STAFFING & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS, POST-IMPLEMENTATION OF FIT FOR THE FUTURE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)  ALL ACTION IS SUSPENDED – MEMBERS TO WORK AS NORMAL Further to my previous Circular (IR/39/17, 31st January 2017), our RMT negotiating team has been in intensive talks with LUL at ACAS to try to reach an agreement in respect …
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GENERAL SECRETARY’S STATEMENT TO THE PRESS ON THE BETRAYAL OF OUR CONDUCTOR MEMBERS

GENERAL SECRETARY’S STATEMENT TO THE PRESS ON THE BETRAYAL OF OUR CONDUCTOR MEMBERS IN THE TUC LED AGREEMENT ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)  I have today put out a Press statement condemning the agreement reached in the TUC led discussions by the TUC itself, ASLE&F and Southern management, an …
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LUL Track & Signals Sunday to Thursday

Last year the union negotiated a deal whereby staff got a one off payment of £500 for the implementation of Night Tube. That has now happened. The deal was based on people staying on existing rosters and allowed for time off from work being accrued. During this period, the one off payment was reduced from …
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RMT on "‎rail fares overhaul"

RMT on “‎rail fares overhaul” General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This is an open admission by Britain’s private train companies and the Government that they have been ripping off the travelling public for over two decades. “If we want a fair deal on fares then that means keeping ticket offices open, keeping staff on the …
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Engineering Train Operator Dispute

Yesterday the RMT attended Acas with our sister union, Aslef. The intention was to finalise the agreement that we have been working on since May 2016 and there was very little outstanding to resolve. Unfortunately the talks have completely collapsed as LUL have now stated that they wish to discuss job losses and our previously …
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Jan 31st RMT Circular

    STATION STAFFING & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS, POST-IMPLEMENTATION OF FIT FOR THE FUTURE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5) Further to my previous Circular (IR/22/17, 18th January 2017), our RMT Station Reps recently attended a meeting with the National Executive Committee, Lead Officer and negotiating team at RMT Head Office to discuss this dispute and report feedback …
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4th March National Demonstration to defend the NHS

4th March National Demonstration to defend the NHS   Health Campaigns Together (a national network of over thirty NHS campaigning organisations and unions working together to co-ordinate action to defend the NHS) have called a national demonstration in London on 4th March. RMT has agreed to support and widely publicise this demonstration starting at 12.00 …
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Tube drivers action on Central, Waterloo and City Lines

Tube drivers action on Central, Waterloo and City Lines solid in all depots this morning Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Pickets are out in force this morning, picket lines are being respected and the support for the action is absolutely solid in all depots. This action has been provoked by a pointless and aggressive …
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LUL Network Command Reorganisation

LUL are starting discussions today regarding a reorganisation with the Network Command and Response Team. This proposal includes a changes in some areas such as the DOME team, Asset Performance Control Centre, Duty Network Operation Manager and  the Incident Response Team (Incident and C&I TO’s). The reality is that management always like to rearrange their teams, …
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Metropolitan Line Signals Annual Leave Agreement

The RMT have net with management over the last week following problems covering last Christmas Day on call. To this end we have tried to address some of the issue regarding being on call and how cover is arranged and will vary the agreement with the below proposal that is agreed in principle. “Christmas Day …
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LATEST TORY ATTEMPT TO BAN TRANSPORT STRIKES

RMT RESPONSE TO LATEST TORY ATTEMPT TO BAN TRANSPORT STRIKES Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “These Tories would ban trade unions full stop if they could get away with it. Their objective is to turn the railways into a money-raking racket for their mates in the private train companies where safety counts for nothing. …
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Engineering Train Operator Talks Collapse

Following months of intensive talks with Tube Lines Management that have been productive and have nearly reached a conclusion, the main sticking point has been that they wish Engineering Train Operators (ETOs) to carry out shunting duties. It is our position that we will not undermine the conditions of these group of workers and have …
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Emergency Public Rally in support of Tube workers

Emergency Public Rally in support of Tube workers  Wednesday 1 February, 18:30pm Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ Tube journeys are up by 23% in the last six years. Even Tube management have conceded that the 838 job cuts imposed by the previous Mayor, have had a devastating impact on passenger safety. The …
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Dec 2016 Inflation Rate

New Inflation Rates   The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to December 2016. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 2.5% for the year to December 2016, up 0.3% from the year to November 2016. Some private and public sector employers are attempting to sideline RPI as the …
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LUL Circular 18th January

DISPLACEMENT, TRAIN OPERATORS, CENTRAL LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/16/4)  Further to my previous Circular (IR/395/16, 19th December 2016), the ballot concluded with members voting as follows:- Are you prepared to take strike action?  Total Votes Cast               90 Number Voting ‘Yes’          82 Number Voting ‘No’           8 Spoilt Papers                    0  Are you prepared to take industrial action …
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RMT demand action over downtime

The RMT have held talks with senior managers at  CPD Signals over the concerns our members have over the lack of work and downtime (no available work) where we have seen up to 40 people with no work on occasion. The reality is that in the Project Area there has been a move to the …
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MAKE SOME NOISE DEMO 13th MARCH

MAKE SOME NOISE DEMO 13th MARCH In the light of Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s shocking decision in October not to grant an inquiry into “The Battle of Orgreave”, the Truth and Justice Campaign are planning their biggest and noisiest demonstration to date. Having sent our own letter to Teresa May, when she was Home Secretary, …
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WOMEN’S REGIONAL ORGANISATION – WOMEN’S WEEK

WOMEN’S REGIONAL ORGANISATION – WOMEN’S WEEK Further to circular NP/277/16, 23rd November 2016, promoting a week set aside to specifically organise women within the industry, the button badges saying “A woman’s place is in her RMT union” and a new leaflet aimed at women regarding the benefits of joining the union will be made available.  …
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RMT to ballot London Underground fleet staff

RMT to ballot London Underground fleet staff for action over breakdown in industrial relations   RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be balloting its London Underground fleet staff members for strike action and action short of a strike over a breakdown in industrial relations and numerous breaches of agreed machineries and agreements by …
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Thales Proposal to attack Pension Payments

The RMT have received a proposal from Thales UK to amend the future pension increases for members of  legacy final salary pension schemes (such as Thomson Retirement Benefit Scheme, Thales Optronics Pension Scheme and Racal Group Pension Scheme) and those in the Thales UK Pension Scheme (TUPs) ONLY. This proposal will see future payments from …
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Jan 2017 Blacklisting Update

Happy 2017, and a massive thank you to everyone who has assisted the blacklisting campaign throughout 2016 and beyond. Last year saw a historic outcome in the High Court litigation, something few of us thought possible when we first started this fight but a half hearted apology and financial compensation is not the same as …
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RMT hits back at Government-appointed ORR

General Secretary Mick Cash said. “The Office of Road and Rail are claiming to be an independent safety body when in fact they are a department of the government made up of Tory appointees and funded by the transport industry. “Despite their own reports highlighting over 20 serious safety failures they claim that, with remedial …
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2016 Branch Social

Dear ALL Please see the photos from our 2016 branch social and we would like to thank all our members and especially our long serving ones for making it such a great night     Anyone that attended that night for an award, please email [email protected] for a copy of the photos
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Tube Lines entry to the TfL Pension Fund

We would like to remind members that intend to transfer into the TfL Pension Scheme to send back their papers and chase up confirmation or replies if they have not received any. The company intend to map those agreeing to transfer at the same time and it took eight years to win the right to …
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Thales RSS ALP & A-Z Agreed

The RMT have now formally accepted the below agreement for Thales Rail Signals LR 1-7 Grades to resolve the long standing issue of annual leave pay and equalise conditions with Thales DTS Section. We congratulate our members on their steadfast determination to achieve justice   ALP & A-Z AGREEMENT
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The Great Rail Rip Off

Southern Rail owners Go Ahead ramp up dividends and stockpile cash while services are left to rot and safety standards are slashed New research by transport union RMT has found that as passenger brace themselves for yet another fare increase in the New Year the four big transport groups that own many of Britain’s Train …
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DfT admits to rigging rail franchise market for privateers

DfT admits to rigging rail franchise market for privateers RAIL UNION RMT says that today’s revelations in the media that the DfT intend to rig the rail franchise market to ensure privateers have their profits protected must be explained to Parliament and rail passengers. The Department for Transport’s  Managing Director of Passenger Services has admitted …
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Jan RMT Circular

STATION STAFFING & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS, POST-IMPLEMENTATION OF FIT FOR THE FUTURE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)   STRIKE ACTION CALLED ON 8TH and 9th JANUARY! Further to my previous Circular IR/395/16 of 19th December 2016 I want to congratulate members for the solid overtime and rest day working ban. This has left LU with a shortage …
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Fighting Transphobia

FIGHTING TRANSPHOBIA  The RMT National LGBT Members’ Conference last year called for a new poster to be produced about transphobia in line with the union’s on-going fight against all forms of discrimination.  I am now pleased to enclose a copy of this poster along with TUC guidance for trade union activists to support trans members …
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Retired Members Branch

Hi Brothers and Sisters, Please do your best to come to the next meeting of the RMT LT Retired Branch. It’s on Tuesday 10th January at 14.00 in Unity House, 39 Chalton Street London NW1 1JD.  We only meet every two months, so don’t miss it! We will be discussing solidarity, ongoing RMT issues, and branch activities …
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INTEGRATION OF TRACK AND TRAIN OPERATIONS – NETWORK RAIL

INTEGRATION OF TRACK AND TRAIN OPERATIONS – NETWORK RAIL   I write further to my previous circular on the above matter (Ref: IR/379/16, 6th December 2016) in which I advised you of your union’s disgust over hearing stories via the press that the government is planning to integrate track and train operations. As I informed …
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RMT calls for postponement of night tube on the Pic Line

RMT calls for postponement of night tube on Piccadilly Line over safety concerns   RAIL UNION RMT today called for the postponement of the night tube on the Piccadilly Line – which is due to start on 16 December – due to on-going safety concerns. The serious fleet problems involve trains that continue to suffer …
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LUL Station Strikes

Strikes Loom on Tube while middle managers shown to agree with RMT following job cuts   TUBE UNION RMT says that while strikes loom on London Underground middle managers have asked LUL Chief Operating Officer “How am I supposed to convince staff to break a strike/OT ban when I completely agree with many of the …
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Blacklisting & Construction Union Collusion?

Len McCluskey: “I undertake to ensure an independent review of this new evidence when I am re-elected General Secretary of Unite and after the new High Court proceedings have concluded”.   Full story and quote: http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ccd1-Blacklisted-activists-call-for-union-collusion-probe#.WFkHOZvfWhC http://www.unite4len.co.uk/len-mccluskey-vows-carry-fight-blacklisted-workers/     Full text of original Open Letter (with more names added): OPEN LETTER FROM BLACKLISTED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS …
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November Inflation Rates

New Inflation Rates   The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to November 2016.   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 2.2% for the year to November 2016, up 0.2% from the year to October 2016.   Some private and public sector employers are attempting to sideline RPI …
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Addendum to the Tube Lines Pension Agreement

Following the agreement to implement access to the TfL Pension Fund for Tube Lines staff, LUL management have sent over an additional document regards to areas where further roster work was required for the implementation of night tube. We understand that talks have taken place now on Lifts and Escalators and Power & Electrical and agreement …
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INTEGRATION OF TRACK AND TRAIN OPERATIONS – NETWORK RAIL

INTEGRATION OF TRACK AND TRAIN OPERATIONS – NETWORK RAIL I write to advise branches of an announcement made yesterday by The Secretary of State for Transport that the Tory Government plans a major reorganisation of the railway which would see track and train operations integrated. Also announced was a plan for the private sector to …
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Latest RMT Circular

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN OPERATORS, PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2)  Further to my previous Circular (IR/361/16, 25th November 2016), talks took place with the Company at ACAS on 25th November, 1st, 2nd and 5th December  in an effort to avoid the strike action due to commence from 21:30 hours this evening. These were …
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Drivers on Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City Lines to strike on 6th and 7th December

Drivers on Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City Lines to strike on 6th and 7th December TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that drivers on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City Lines are to strike for 24 hours on the 6th  and 7th December in two separate disputes over a breakdown in industrial relations, breaches of procedures …
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RMT reaction to the death of Fidel Castro

RMT reaction to the death of Fidel Castro General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT is saddened to hear of the death of our comrade and inspiration Fidel Castro. It should never be forgotten that Fidel and his comrades swept away Batista and his corrupt, mafia-controlled regime and replaced it with a socialist model which put …
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RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 15th Garden Party: Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dear Colleagues RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 15th Garden Party: Wednesday 21st June 2017. Following the sad news over the weekend regarding the passing of Fidel Castro, RMT will continue to show its solidarity with the people of Cuba. It is especially important now that we continue to develop the friendship between our Union and …
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Update on the Section 15 Dispute

 Update on the Section 15 Dispute Section 15 possessions are now a thing of the past. This is because over last year or so, local RMT H&S reps have successfully negotiated with LU management to completely withdraw Section 15  and replaced it with a Possession Code of Practice to work in all possessions on London Underground. …
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RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, NIGHT RUNNING & PENSIONS TUBE LINES AP JNP

    RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, NIGHT RUNNING AND PENSIONS TUBE LINES AP JNP This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the following decision:- “We note the report from our Lead Officer that after over 4 years of negotiation and industrial action that our members working …
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Former Metronet Members

When the door was opened to allow former Metronet staff to join the TfL Pension Fund, there was some 168 people for various reasons that did not join at that time. For the last eight years, the RMT have been pushing LUL to allow these people to be given the opportunity to re-enter the scheme. …
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Tube Lines Pay, Night Tube and Pensions

Following over four years of complex and detailed talks between the RMT and LUL, we have finally reached a conclusion. The below Agreement was placed before all our Tube Lines and Senior LUL Engineering Reps today and was unanimously accepted. This will now be put in front of the RMT executive next Tuesday to ratify. …
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Legal Update: Autumn 2016

Legal Update:  Autumn 2016 Uber Drivers are Workers   The Employment Tribunal found that Uber drivers were not self-employed nor independent contractors but were workers who are entitled to essential workers’ rights for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and therefore are entitled to the following: to be paid the National Minimum Wage, …
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New LUL Vehicle Policy

Following lengthy discussions regarding driving company vehicles and how best to ensure the safety of our members and at the same time protect their rights to privacy and against disciplinary action, the below document has finally been agreed. Whilst not fully reaching our aspirations, we have removed many of the areas of concern that was …
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October RMT Circular

STATION STAFFING & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS, POST-IMPLEMENTATION OF FIT FOR THE FUTURE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/287/16, 5th October 2016), LUL has been advised that a dispute situation exists between us over job numbers, imposed displacements, inadequate training and the failure of the ticket office closure programme.   I can …
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RMT slams Tory axing of TFL Operating Grant

RMT slams Tory axing of TFL Operating Grant as “criminally irresponsible” as Greenwich incident focuses attention on safety and security.   General Secretary Mick Cash said “The axing of the TFL Operating Grant is an act of criminal irresponsibility by the Tory Government which shows yet again that they could not care less about safety …
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Engineering Train Operator Dispute

Proposed ETO Regrading Initiative – Prepared for ASLEF and RMT Following productive discussions at ACAS on the 17th October, the below clarifications was agreed and the Engineering Train Operator proposed strikes suspended to allow further talks. Once those talks are completed on the 27th October, then we will meet with LUL again to discuss progress …
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Tube Lines Pay, Night Tube and Pensions Dispute

As you know, talks with LUL and Tube Lines have been ongoing for several years regarding the issue of Pay, Night Tube and Pensions. All these three issues have become intertwined and we have been trying to settle each dispute and come to a complete agreement for all three issues. The dynamics are clear as …
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Oct 2016 Thales Company Council Report

October 2016: Thales Company Council Update Dear Colleague Your company council representatives, DTS Ronnie Fardell and RSS, Ed Hardy and myself met with Senior Thales Management and HR for our regular quarterly meetings. The following was discussed: Business Update Thales gave us an update on how their business is going. There were general areas of concern and …
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Blacklisting Update 13th October

Compensation is not the same as Justice http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a666-Compensation-could-never-equal-justice#.V_4bC_krLs2   DCI Gordon Mills sues GMB The senior police officer who gave the PowerPoint presentation at a Consulting Association meeting to senior executives of blacklisting construction companies is suing the GMB union for defamation. You couldn’t make it up! https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/10/former-police-officer-suing-gmb-trade-union-for-defamation http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=27378   Ricky Tomlinson at COPS meeting …
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Tube Lines: Where's our Pay & Pension?

Tube Lines: Pay, Pensions and Night Tube All three issues have now become intrinsically linked together. LUL/ Tube Lines want to state that the Pay cannot be settled without agreement to Night Tube. The RMT are saying that there will be no agreement to Night Tube unless the Company agree to entry into the TfL …
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Engineering Train Operator Dispute

Over the last month there has been intensive talks with Tube Lines to achieve 6.3% Pay Parity with their Tamper Driver colleagues. During these talks both the RMT and our sister union Aslef have consistently worked hard to reach agreement with management, only to find that on each occasion management have moved the goal posts …
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LUL: New Signals Framework Agreement Agreed

Following lengthy discussions, the New LUL Signals Framework Agreement has been agreed at the Company Council.   signals-framework-oct-2016   If you work for LUL in Signals, Power or DLO (Comms & Electrical), then this will apply to you. The Main changes are: The introduction of the support fitter grade in Stations & Civils area Changes …
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National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine

National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine   The National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine will take place on Tuesday 15 November, from 12-6pm, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.   As it gets closer, more and more people are contacting their MPs about the lobby. Informing and pressuring our representatives in Parliament is central to …
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MEMBERS WORKING PAST THEIR STATUTORY RETIREMENT AGE

Dear Colleague,   GUIDANCE AND LEGAL ADVICE ON THE RIGHTS OF MEMBERS WORKING PAST THEIR STATUTORY RETIREMENT AGE   Please find attached a briefing note which has been requested on the rights of members who work past their statutory retirement age. Should you have any queries on this document, please refer to our legal team. …
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LT RETIRED MEMBERS BRANCH Sept Minutes

LT RETIRED MEMBERS BRANCH Acting Secretary: Oliver New Contact: 07931 198501 [email protected] Minutes of Branch Meeting 6th September 2016 in Unity House Present  were Jackie Darby, Carol Foster, Gary Weston, Olly New, Martin Eady, Roy Carey and guest speaker John Reid Apologies were received from Geoff Palmer, Frank Murray and John Leach. It was agreed …
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Jeremy Corbyn Victory

LU Engineering Branch would like to congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his increased victory as Labour Leader. He is a member of the RMT Parliamentary Group and has always shown support for the union’s key policies such as Rail Nationalisation and Fighting the Austerity cuts. We look forward to the Parliamentary Labour Party now getting behind …
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Tube Lines Pensions Update

John Leach (LT Regional Organiser), John Reid (LT NEC Member), Senior LUL and Tube Lines Reps met today to discuss progress in the campaign to achieve Pensions for all staff. It was noted that there was difficult talks in all areas however the talks in Tube Lines areas have progressed and we have visibility in …
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Get well soon Steve Hedley

LUengineering Branch wishes Steve a quick recovery from the heart attack that he has suffered. We are glad to hear that our amazing NHS has acted quickly and he is well on the road to full health and being fighting fit again From us all ‘Get Well Soon’
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RMT calls for London Underground to bring forward staffing review

RMT calls for London Underground to bring forward staffing review in wake of safety investigation   TUBE UNION RMT is calling for London Underground’s staffing review to be brought forward after the company’s own safety investigation slammed its new staffing model.   As well as closing ticket offices London Underground has removed staff from control …
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"Things like that don't happen here"

“The biggest difficulty we faced with the blacklisting and the undercover police campaigns, is that people think we live in a liberal democracy and things like that don’t happen here” So said John McDonnell, shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his keynote speech at the opening plenary of the Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle …
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June 2016 Tube Lines Company Council Minutes

Notes of Company Council Meeting No 57 Held on Wednesday 1st June, 2016, at Westferry Circus.   Present John Edmonds, Chairman Andy Derbyshire, Head of AP JNP Terry Deller, ER LUL TfL Brian Whitehead, RMT Full Time Officer. Bill Teale, RMT Russ Clark RMT Paul O’Brien, RMT Michael Hogg, RMT Jason Cullen, RMT Kelly Berry, …
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Tube Lines Pensions Dispute/ TUPE

The RMT have requested a Tube Lines Mass Reps meeting at Unity House on Friday 23rd September 2016 start 10:00 to report back to reps from the last ACAS meeting. We have set a six week deadline for progress on securing ‘Pensions for All’  and currently Joint Working Parties are being set up to review the costings and proposals. …
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TfL’S TRANSFORMATION

TfL’S TRANSFORMATION RMT recently received a communication from the TfL Head of Employee Relations advising us of “…TfL faces an unprecedented financial challenge and that we [TfL] do not have the money to continue as we are.” He goes on to say that one Andrew Pollins has been appointed by the TfL Executive to the …
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August 2016 Inflation rates

New Inflation Rates The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to August 2016. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 1.8% for the year to August 2016, down 0.1% for the year to July 2016. Some private and public sector employers are attempting to sideline RPI as the measure …
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Engineering Train Operator Dispute

Over the last few weeks, the RMT have been in dispute with Tube Lines over pay parity for Engineering Train Operatives and obtaining a 6.3% Pay Rise. Talks have been very productive with management stating that they will pay the increase providing it does not add cost to the business. To quote them ‘ouwt for …
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LEAVE AND PAY FOR MOTHERS

LEAVE AND PAY FOR MOTHERS   The TUC have reissued their booklet on “Leave and pay for mothers”. It can be downloaded here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/TUC%20KYR_Maternity_LO%20spreads.pdf Besides going through the statutory basics on maternity leave and pay, and shared parental leave, the booklet also provides information on other rights including: unpaid parental leave requesting flexible working emergency …
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Tube Lines Pension Talks

Talks at Acas are to resume tomorrow, Wednesday 31st August regarding the implementation by April of the TfL Pension for all staff that work for Tube Lines (or TUPE’d to LUL/ TfL) for those that currently are not allowed to enter the fund. It is expected that LUL will table its funding efficiencies tomorrow with …
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RMT to raise concerns over Redundancy Payment Cap

The RMT are to raise concerns with LUL at Company Council level regarding the proposed CAP to leaving payments. This is likely to affect Redundancy Payments and it has also been suggested that it may also affect Pension Lump Sums. The consultation period is now over with the Government and it looks likely that they …
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Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle

Blacklist Support Group is honoured to be co-hosting a major employment rights conference at the University of Greenwich. The conference is FREE but as numbers are limited and John McDonnell is a keynote speaker, registration is essential.   Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle 16-17 September 2016 University of Greenwich  http://www.gre.ac.uk/business/services/events/events/current/BlacklistingBullyingBlowingtheWhistle   This two day conference, organised by …
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RMT CAMPAIGN BRINGS THE END OF TUBE LINES

RMT CAMPAIGN BRINGS MAJOR TUBE MAINTENANCE CONTRACT BACK IN-HOUSE   A long-running campaign by tube union RMT has scored a significant victory with the final confirmation from the London Mayor today that a major slice of tube maintenance work is to be brought back in house next year. The TfL board has announced that it …
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RMT PAY BULLETIN: August 2016

RMT PAY BULLETIN: August 2016   Headline forecasts Inflation rate: Average new forecast July 2016 RPI inflation (change in cost of living relative to same time one year earlier) was 1.9% For the final three months of 2016, annual RPI (according to the latest forecasts) will rise to 2% For the final three months of …
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Latest RMT Circular

PAY PARITY, TRANSPLANT ENGINEERS TRAIN DRIVERS – TUBE LINES AP JNP (LUL/10/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/237/16, 12th August 2016), branches will be aware that our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over management’s total failure to meet our fair demand for pay parity. LUL purchased new tamper machines in 2015 …
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Night Tube this weekend

RMT sets out its position on the roll out of the first phase of the Night Tube this weekend   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “RMT supports the introduction of the Night Tube and ever since the idea was first floated our members have fought tirelessly to make sure that it is done …
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Engineering Grades Conference Resolutions

NATIONAL industrial ORGANISING conference of engineering GRADES 2016   The following resolutions were passed at the 2016 conference and the National Executive Committee decisions are given below:-   PLAIN LINE PATTERN RECOGNITION TRAIN (HSR/)   “Following a recent incident at Penmaenmawr when a broken rail was left for 48 hours before reporting it to Llandudno …
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Rail Travel Concessions (Priv)

CHANGES TO RAIL STAFF TRAVEL CONCESSIONS – 12 MONTH TRIAL   Further to my Circular No IR/213/14 dated the 21st August 2014 with regards to the trial changes to the rail staff travel concessions and in relation to the union’s approach to ATOC requesting an RMT representative to be an active participant at the trial …
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Inflation Rates July 2016

  Dear Colleagues   INFLATION: FOOD AND FUEL PRICES UP (following Sterling fall & more money printing) WITH PRICES OF OTHER IMPORTED GOODS SET TO RISE TOO (c10% by mid-2017)   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 1.9% for the year to July 2016, up from 1.6% for the year to June 2016. This figure …
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COMBATTING RACIST ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE

COMBATTING RACIST ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE   Please find attached a T.U.C. guide to protecting Migrant and Black and Minority Ethnic workers from violence, harassment and abuse.   Please take this opportunity to familiarise yourself with the document and distribute as appropriate across all locations where we organise, ensuring copies are available at RMT notice …
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Thales GTS Overtime Agreement

The RMT have reached agreement for Thales GTS with regards to overtime as below. We thank the company reps for their hard work in making this agreement.     GTS Overtime Agreement
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RMT Circular 12th Aug

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS   12th August 2016                                                                Circular No: IR/237/16 Dear Colleagues, PAY PARITY, TRANSPLANT ENGINEERS TRAIN DRIVERS – TUBE LINES AP JNP (LUL/10/2)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/212/16, 29th July 2016), the ballot has concluded with members voting as follows:-   …
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'Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle' conference

John McDonnell is just one of many high profile speakers confirmed to speak at the ‘Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle’ conference at University of Greenwich on 16-17 September. This conference is co-hosted by the Blacklist Support Group (BSG) and the Work & Employment Rights Unit (WERU) set to expose the hidden underbelly of the …
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Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle

Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle Blacklist Support Group are co-hosting a major employment rights conference in September at the University of Greenwich. Bringing together activists & academics, politicians, unions and lawyers to expose the hidden underbelly of the modern workplace. Confirmed contributors include: John McDonnell, Michelle Stanistreet, Gail Cartmail, John Hendy, Roger McKenzie, Art Against Blacklisting …
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How Workers Beat a Government

The working class took on and defeated the Government in July 1972. Find out how.  PENTONVILLE 5 MEETING July 28 2016 – 18.30 Marx Memorial Library, Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU In the campaign against austerity and anti-union laws the successful fight to free the Pentonville 5 is often quoted. To find out what really …
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NOMINATIONS FOR RMT BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY MEMBERS’ COURSE

NOMINATIONS FOR RMT BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY MEMBERS’ COURSE, 7-8 OCTOBER 2016   I write to inform you of this year’s black and ethnic minority (B&EM) member’s empowerment course.  The purpose of the course is to help B&EM members understand how the union works, including history, structure, writing and presenting resolutions etc to overcome the …
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Latest RMT Circular 22/6/16

EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/175/16, 22nd June 2016), members will recall the NEC decision to organise a Stations & Revenue Reps to discuss industrial action following the implementation of the “Fit for the Future” programme which is having a detrimental effect of members …
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Blacklist Support Group update – 15 July 2016

Neil Findlay MSP names Gayle Burton from Costain in Scottish parliament as key link between the police and the blacklist. This is a big breakthrough but amazingly none of the media have picked it up. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/sp/?id=2016-06-30.0.0&s=blacklist#g0.2 https://www.facebook.com/NeilFindlayMSP/videos/699567036848294/   Corbyn and McDonnell stood with blacklisted workers in our time of need. Now they are under attack, the Blacklist Support Group …
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INFLATION SET TO SOAR

  STERLING DOWN c15% FROM RECENT HIGH (meaning imports dearer) + LIKELIHOOD OF MORE MONEY PRINTING (stimulus) = INFLATION SET TO SOAR   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 1.6% for the year to June 2016, up from 1.4% for the year to May 2016.   Some employers/ government agencies have attempted to sideline RPI, …
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Tube Lines Pensions

Tube Lines Pensions The RMT met with Tube Lines and Senior LUL management on Thursday at Acas and following this meeting they have written to Unity House outlining their proposals on the issue of Pensions. Steve Griffith has affirmed his intention to provide access to the TfL Pension Scheme for Tube Lines and ex-TubeLines staff …
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NEW CRIMINAL/LICENSING APPLICATION FORM L3

NEW CRIMINAL/LICENSING APPLICATION FORM L3   In order to assist Branch Secretaries and to streamline the process for applications for licensing and criminal assistance in work related matters we have now produced an L3 form. This will replace the existing system for criminal/licensing requests. The form will be available on the website at http://www.rmt.org.uk/about/legal-services/legal-forms/. I …
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RMT on Southern "crisis timetable"

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said;   “The axing of nearly 350 trains a day by GTR is a crisis measure designed to rig their appalling performance figures. The fewer trains you run, the fewer will be delayed and the better your headline performance statistics will look. That is a fix of epic proportions and …
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Latest Tube Lines Safety Forum Minutes

AP JNP H&S Forum – Minutes 230616   JNP HS Forum Closed Action list 23 June 2016   JNP HS Forum Open Action list 23 June 2016
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Latest LUL Company Council Minutes

LONDON UNDERGROUND COMPANY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 21 APRIL 2016 IN THE BOARDROOM, 5th FLOOR, 15 WESTFERRY CIRCUS AT 09:30  MANAGEMENT ATTENDEES: Steve Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer (Chair) (NB) Jean Cockerill, HR Director – LU Operations (JC) Phil O’Hare, General Manager (POH) Lance Ramsay, General Manager (LR) Terry Deller, Senior Employee Relations Manager (TD) TRADE …
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Commemorating 40 years since the Grunwick strike

Dear Colleagues,   Commemorating 40 years since the Grunwick strike   The historic Grunwick strike was sparked by the dismissal of Devshi Bhudia on Friday 20 August 1976 for working too slowly. Three other young men walked out in support of him. At 6.55pm legendary Jayaben Desai put on her coat to leave and was …
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RETIRED MEMBERS BENEFITS: F3 FORM

RETIRED MEMBERS BENEFITS: F3 FORM  The following resolution was carried at the National Retired Members Advisory Conference held on 21st April 2016. “Members of this branch regularly report at meetings that retired members of the RMT have not yet received Retirement Benefits, nor the benefits which follow, such as honorary membership.  This is usually because …
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Acas Update: Tube Lines Night Tube, Pension and Pay

The RMT met with Tube Lines and LUL management today at Acas. During this meeting we reached the following position: Night Tube: A poll of existing staff was conducted to find out how many would wish to transfer to LUL to retain Monday to Friday Working. This showed a variation between areas in terms of …
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Tube Lines Pensions Discussions

Further discussions under the auspice of Acas are due to take place on Monday 4th July when we expect full details of the company proposal on how the entry to the TfL Pension Fund will be self funded (for ALL members of the Tube Lines Pension including those that TUPE’d to LUL). Following this meeting, …
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Durham Miners’ Gala 2016

Durham Miners’ Gala 2016 Further to circular no. NP/32/15 of 23rd February 2015 please be advised that the details for RMT activists and members attending this year’s Durham Miners Gala, Saturday 9th July 2016, are as follows: RMT activists and members are asked to congregate at 10.00 a.m. prompt at the New Inn, Church St …
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TUCG Annual Tolpuddle Seminar

TUCG Annual Tolpuddle Seminar This year’s Trade Union Coordinating Group Annual Tolpuddle Seminar will take place on Tuesday 12th July, 2016 at 18.30 in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2LW. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security. The theme will be based around trade union rights and specifically keeping the right to …
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Transport union RMT ‎statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn.

Transport union RMT ‎statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn.   Responding to the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “By peddling the ludicrous notion that Jeremy is some how responsible for the EU referendum result, Jeremy’s critics are in fact insulting the intelligence of voters and in doing so further …
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Tube Lines Night Tube, Pay and Pensions

The RMT met with LUL and Tube Lines today at Acas to discuss Night Tube, Pay and Pensions Night Tube: Tube Lines have stated that they will identify how many people wish to remain on Monday to Friday rather than go to Sunday to Thursday (Night Staff affected by Night Tube). One potential solution will be to …
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Blacklist Support Group Update

Jo Cox R.I.P. Blacklist Support Group send their condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox at this appalling time.   The murder of a Labour MP by someone shouting ‘Britain First’ and with apparent links to fascist groups is not an isolated incident, it is a one of numerous assaults, murders, petrol bombings …
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RMT Political School

NOMINATIONS FOR RMT POLITICAL SCHOOL SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER – FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2016   Please nominate by Monday 11 July 2016   The next school will take place from Sunday 16 October to Friday 21 October 2016 at the National Education Centre at Doncaster. Participants will be expected to arrive by the early evening of …
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RMT REITERATES "VOTE LEAVE" MESSAGE ON EVE OF EU REFERENDUM

TRANSPORT UNION REITERATES “VOTE LEAVE” MESSAGE ON EVE OF EU REFERENDUM One of Britain’s most powerful unions today urged its members and trade unionists to vote for “hope not fear” in the EU referendum and support a leave vote.   In an email  to union members, RMT leader Mick Cash voted urged union members and …
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Latest RMT Circular

Dear Colleagues,   DISCIPLINARY/SPAD PROCEDURE, SHUNTERS – TUBE LINES AP JNP (LUL/4/4)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/133/16, 5th May 2016), members will recall the resolution from LU Fleet Branch concerning unjustified disciplinary action taken against members at Northfields Depot after a shunting incident where a signal was passed at danger. The Lead Officer …
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London Pride 2016

Our Ref EO/16 Circular No. NP/167/16 13th June 2016   TO ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS AND REGIONAL OFFICES   Dear Colleague, LONDON PRIDE – SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016   This year we will be marching in London Pride, one of the world’s largest LGBTI events. Not only are Pride marches a time of celebration for …
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May 2016 Inflation Rate

Head Office Circular No. NP/168/16   To the Secretary, all Branches and Regional Councils Tuesday 14 June 2016   Dear Colleagues   INFLATION: INSIST ON YOUR PAY DEAL BEING BASED ON RPI   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was 1.4% for the year to May 2016, up from 1.3% for the year to April 2016. …
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2016 Thales Pay LR1-7

Despite productive talks with Senior Management and the RMT, we was disappointed that no progress was made. A 1.7% Pay Offer has been made and implemented which is below the aspirations of our members. We therefore asked that a number of other issues be taken into account so that the total package might be one …
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Cleshar's Patrolling Dispute Settled

Following lengthy talks, LUL and the RMT have reached an agreement that will see an end to Cleshars employed staff undertaking patrolling and the work will again revert to fully trained LUL staff. This dispute was ensuring long term job security for our members in LUL and this has been achieved. It was also not …
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Tube Lines Pay/ Night Tube & Pension Update

Tube Lines Pay/ Night Tube & Pension Update RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, met with senior LUL Managers at Acas last week and had an open and honest discussion on how this dispute affected our members. A full report was given to our Tube Lines Reps on Friday and it was decided to agree short …
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Undercover police spied on the RMT union

Undercover police officer Carlo Neri spied on the RMT union.  Photographic evidence shows that in October 2004 the spy cop was present at the industrial dispute following the sacking of the prominent union militant Steve Hedley (now elected as Senior Assistant General Secretary of the RMT union) during construction of the Kings Cross terminal for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. …
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Corbyn & Burnham pledge a public inquiry for blacklisting

Corbyn & Burnham pledge a public inquiry for blacklisting This week both Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham made speeches praising the Blacklist Support Group and calling for a full public inquiry into blacklisting. The Leader of the Labour Party made his speech at the GMB conference in Bournemouth while the Shadow Home Secretary raised the …
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John McDonnell endorses blacklist campaigner on trial over democratic right to protest

The trial of Dave Smith takes place in the City of London Magistrates Court on Thurs 9th – Fri 10th June following his arrest for blocking after traffic in Park Lane during a protest against blacklisting of union members in the construction industry. The secretary of the Blacklist Support Group and co-author of the book Blacklisted has …
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Tube Overcrowding Projections

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said; “These projections are truly terrifying and require urgent action if we are to avoid a lethal cocktail of gridlock and extreme passenger danger right across the tube network.  Stations and platforms are already being closed on a routine basis on the quiet and those emergency measures are set to …
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Latest LUL Circular 26th May 2016

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, NIGHT RUNNING AND PENSIONS – TUBE LINES AP JNP (LUL/0001/TL)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/133/16, 5th May 2016), the ballot has concluded with members voting as follows:-   Question: Are you prepared to take strike action?   Total Votes Cast…              610 Number Voting ‘Yes’…         524 Number …
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ASBESTOS DEATHS

ASBESTOS DEATHS Further to Head Office Circular NP/115/16, 11th April 2016 the TUC have published a guide for union workplace representatives as part of their campaign to make all workplaces asbestos free, RMT is part of this campaign. The guide sets out details of the scale of asbestos substances in the workplace, the legal position …
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Tube Lines Ballot Result

RMT TUBE LINES MEMBERS VOTE BY MASSIVE MAJORITY FOR ACTION IN NIGHT TUBE PAY AND PENSIONS DISPUTE   Tube union RMT confirmed today that a ballot of Tube Lines maintenance and engineering staff over Night Tube, pay and pensions has recorded an overwhelming vote for action. Over 85% voted for strike action with an even …
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LUL Night Tube

Following the announcement of the start of Night Tube, General Secretary Mick Cash said; “There are major unresolved issues in relation to the Tube Lines engineering workforce and it is imperative that the company now moves quickly to address the points at the core of that dispute and reaches a proper negotiated settlement with the union that …
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Glen Hart Dispute

Dear RMT members   I am pleased to advise you that we have some good news with regards to Brother Glen Hart. I have received a letter from  LUL that Glen , myself and NEC member John Reid are happy with.   Shortly Glen will be able  to return to his normal duties in his …
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LUL Signals: Night Tube

Following talks at Acas, LUL agreed that staff would not be compelled and could stay on their existing rosters. In CPD it was stated that there would be no impact. In recent weeks management have been asking staff to sign preference sheets to see if they will volunteer to change rosters to Sunday to Thursday …
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Health & Safety Issues: Trackside House

The situation at Trackside House: Stratford Market Depot Messroom has long been undesirable. It is over crowded and not good enough to cope with the large numbers of staff based there. Following a recent inspection and the fact that even more staff are due to be has now made this issue intolerable and serious management …
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Thales Pay Rise LR1 -7 2016

This is a to inform you of the latest situation regarding your pay and a response to the Bulletin issued today by Thales stating that they are imposing this years pay deal despite no agreement being reached. We have been in protracted talks over pay since the New Year. However, the reality is that there …
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RMT to take Lilliebridge Fight to the Mayor

Raise Lillie Bridge Depot Closure Concerns with New London Mayor Sadiq Khan Our branch wants the matter of the planned closure of Lillie Bridge Depot and provision of appropriate an alternative location to be raised with the New London Mayor Sadiq Khan as and when proposed talks between the Mayor and the RMT take place …
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Joint Union Statement Supporting a Leave Vote

ASLEF, BFAWU, RMT   Joint Union Statement Supporting a Leave Vote A united Labour Movement   Many great figures of the Labour moment such as Tony Benn, Michael Foot and Bob Crow were firmly against the EU.  Millions of Labour voters oppose the EU and we believe a similar number of trade unionists support withdrawal. …
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RMT PAY BULLETIN: May 2016

Headline forecasts Inflation rate: Average new forecast April 2016 RPI inflation (change in cost of living relative to same time one year earlier) was 1.3% For the final three months of 2016, annual RPI (according to the latest forecasts) will rise to 2.2% For the final three months of 2017, annual RPI (according to the …
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TfL PENSION FUND – SUSPENSION OF TRANSFERS-IN

TfL PENSION FUND – SUSPENSION OF TRANSFERS-IN I refer to my previous Circular NP/076/14, 11th April 2014, the RMT has been informed that the suspension of transfers-in from external pension sources has now ended. This will mean that from 1st April 2016 members of the TfL Pension Fund who have deferred (frozen) pension benefits are …
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Mayor Sadiq Khan on tube, rail and taxis

RMT calls for urgent meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan on tube, rail and taxis.   London’s main transport union RMT  today called for urgent talks with newly elected Mayor Sadiq Khan to discuss a wide range of issues that the union says pose the biggest collective threat to transport services in the Capital since the …
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Working in a possession – May 2016

The Secretary LONDON TRANSPORT REGIONAL COUNCIL LU ENGINEERING BRANCH Dear Colleague  LUL SECTION 15 POSSESSIONS Further to Head Office Circular NP/077/16, 1st March 2016, this matter has again been considered by the National Executive Committee. Discussions with the company have been continuing to our representatives satisfaction. The National Executive Committee carried the following resolution: We …
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Referendum on Membership of the European Union

Dear Colleagues, Referendum on Membership of the European Union As you may be aware, the referendum campaign surrounding UK membership of the European Union has now begun. RMT policy on this matter was decided by rank and file members at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, and the union is campaigning for a Leave vote. The …
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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF SEAMEN'S STRIKE

RMT TO LAUNCH NEW BOOKLET ON FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF SEAMEN’S STRIKE IN DOVER   Shipping union RMT will be officially launching a new booklet – “TURNING THE TIDE” – marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1966 seamen’s strike at the union’s biennial shipping general meeting in Dover today – Thursday 12th May.   There will …
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Blacklisting Vindication

This happened at the High Court on 11th May:   9:30am – John McDonnell MP joins blacklisted workers outside the High Court celebrating their legal victory against the major construction firms. McDonnell reminds the crowd how he chaired the first ever meeting of the Blacklist Support Group back in 2009 with less than 10 people present …
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Unrelated Work in a Specified Area

The following LU HSE bulletin has been issued regarding unrelated work in a specified area.   HSE Bulletin 12 in 2016 Unrelated work in a Specified Area Date of issue: 04 May 2016 ______________________________________________________________________ Background A Formal Investigation has been commissioned to look at a number of Protection Irregularities in Possessions and Specified Areas. An …
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Incident Response in Traffic Hours

The following LU HSE bulletin clarifies the protection arrangements during traffic hour incident response for both track safety certificated staff and operational procedures training (OPT) competent staff (e.g. DRM’s).   Dear All   HSE Bulletin 11 in 2016 is being issued to reconfirm the existing protection arrangements.  Please read below:      HSE Bulletin 11 …
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Blacklist Update

High Court Construction firms pay out millions to settle more blacklisting claims but the fight for justice continues. http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5820-Blacklist-wretches-pay-250m#.VyhdvfkrLs0 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/29/blacklisted-workers-secure-compensation-construction-firms http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-biggest-building-firms-agree-7864460 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36173104 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/contractors-settle-blacklisting-litigation http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-blacklisting/   Hillsborough Blacklist Support Group would like to pay tribute to the tremendous campaign by the families and supporters of the 96 football fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough. Their …
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BALLOTING STARTS TODAY ON TUBE LINES STAFF

    BALLOTING STARTS TODAY IN NIGHT TUBE PAY AND PENSIONS DISPUTE INVOLVING TUBE LINES STAFF Tube union RMT confirmed today that a ballot for action involving nearly 1500 Tube Lines maintenance and engineering staff over Night Tube pay and pensions will open today – Tuesday 3rd May – and close on Tuesday 24th May …
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Working in Possessions: Code of Practice

Following discussions on safety on the track with regards to the Section 15 dispute, it was recognised that there was issues on how safe management of staff working in a Possession was undertaken. To this end our health and safety reps on LUL and Tube Lines have been working with management to produce the following final …
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Ex-UKPN Pay 2015: Update

The RMT and its sister unions met with LUL Management last week to discuss the issue of the difference between the final year of the UKPN and the first year of the LUL Pay Deal i.e the 2015 element of both deals. LUL have stated that ex-UKPN will only receive RPI + 0.25% and not …
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LUL Company Council Minutes 4/2/16

Below are the latest LUL Company Council Minutes Company Council Minutes 4 2 16
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Tube Lines Pay & Pension Ballot: Notice Given

I can advise that the notice of ballot has been sent to Tube Lines today. The ballot papers will be posted to members on Tuesday 3rd May and the closing date for this ballot is Tuesday 24th May 2016. If any member does not receive their ballot paper, please ask them to call the Freephone …
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Retiring Reps and Friends

LUEngineering Branch held a special award evening for four of our long standing reps; Martin Eden, Dave Godfrey, Frank Murray and Jackie D’Arby, with over 150 years membership and service to the union. All of them were friends of Bob and we laughed and joked together about old times and it was as if he …
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TfL Pension: 'Transfer In' Issue Won (existing members only)

Following pressure and a concerted campaign by the RMT through the Pension Consultative Committee Members, Trustees and Unity House, LUL have been forced to allow existing TfL Pension Scheme members to transfer benefits from other funds into their TfL Pension. This means that former Metronet and Tube Lines (among others)  who are already in the TfL Pension …
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EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE – TUC SURVEY

EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE – TUC SURVEY  The TUC is conducting an Equality in the workplace survey of union representatives on the type of equality issues arising in the workplace and the support reps need to tackle these issues. The TUC would like to hear from union reps, and questions include: Have you dealt with …
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Sexual Harassment- TUC Survey

SEXUAL HARASSMENT – TUC SURVEY Recent TUC polling indicates that sexual harassment is still rife in many workplaces. These findings are in line with European data on the extent of sexual harassment. As part of a project on sexual harassment in the workplace, the TUC would like to hear about your experiences either directly or …
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Trade Union Bill – Take Action Now

Trade Union Bill – Take Action Now On Wednesday 27 April, the Trade Union Bill is likely to get its final vote in the House of Commons, when MPs will vote on the final Bill and decide whether or not to accept a series of amendments made by Peers. These changes offer a chance to …
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As EU imposes rail privatisation – RMT says "vote to Leave"

As EU imposes rail privatisation – RMT says “vote to Leave” The European Parliament’s decision this week to back the opening up of all rail routes across the EU to more competition for private operators was just one more reason to vote Leave on June 23, transport union RMT said today. Under the proposals in …
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TFL PENSION FUND – 2015 TRIENNIAL ACTUARIAL VALUATION

TFL PENSION FUND – 2015 TRIENNIAL ACTUARIAL VALUATION Following the 2015 triennial actuarial valuation of the TfL Pension Fund the results reveal a deficit of £396 million with a funding level of 95%. This is a significant improvement on the previous valuation carried out in 2012 which revealed a deficit of £699 million (funding level …
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TFL PENSION FUND – CONTRACTING-OUT PROPOSALS

TFL PENSION FUND – CONTRACTING-OUT PROPOSALS As a result of Government legislation Defined Benefit (Final Salary) pension schemes, such as the TfL Pension Fund, are no longer able to contract-out of the State Second Pension. As from 6th April 2016 both members and employers will see their National Insurance Contributions (NIC) increase by 1.4% and …
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RMT Supporting Blacklisted Members

Should you feel that you have been subject to blacklisting and have appeared on a Blacklist Database (as the Information Commissioners Office can confirm) then the RMT may be able to support you through their solicitors, Thompsons. Many of our members have suffered severe hardship for fighting for safety or undertaking legal activities such as …
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Blacklisting and Corporate Lies

Blacklist Support Group today announced that it intends to make a formal submission to the Metropolitan Police calling for an investigation into the destruction of documents and computer files by multinationals involved in the blacklisting scandal. High Court orders have resulted in retrieved computer records from construction firms only recently being disclosed to the lawyers of blacklisted workers. This previously hidden evidence indicates …
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Blacklisting and Police Spies

Newly uncovered documentary evidence shows how police officers infiltrated campaigns by construction workers protesting against deaths on building sites. The documents include a series of letters written to and from Mark Jenner, an undercover officer from the discredited Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), who during the late 1990s claimed to be a carpenter while infiltrating the …
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RMT Circular 14th April 2016

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS  14th April 2016                                                                   Circular No: IR/111/16   Dear Colleagues, CLOSURE OF LILLIE BRIDGE DEPOT – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/15/1) As Branches and members may recall (Circular No. IR/584/13, 7th October 2013), agreement was reached to resolve the previous dispute with London Underground in …
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Blacklisting Update

Blacklisted workers taunted by central figure in the blacklisting conspiracy http://www.mirror.co.uk/opinion/blacklisting-victims-havent-suffered-enough-7752746   Blacklisted workers speak at the High Court about how standing up for fellow workers affected their families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV7lL2Gm9zw http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/04/13/blacklist-contractors-pay-out-another-15-20m/ Please share and circulate this video far & wide – and donate to Reel News   Cullum McAlpine ‘mastermind’ behind blacklisting conspiracy refuses to …
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New Inflation Rates

New Inflation Rates The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to March 2016. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 1.6% for the year to March 2016 up from 1.3% in the year to February 2016. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) stood at 0.5% for the year to March …
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RMT TO BALLOT LILLIEBRIDGE DEPOT

RMT TO BALLOT FOR ACTION AT MAIN TUBE TRACK MAINTENANCE AND RENEWALS DEPOT   TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun preparations for a ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike for all staff working out of the main track maintenance and renewals depot at Lillie Road in Earls …
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RMT SLAMS "TRANSPORT FOR LONDON BILL" MULTI-BILLION POUND RIP OFF BY THE SUPER-RICH

RMT SLAMS “TRANSPORT FOR LONDON BILL” MULTI-BILLION POUND RIP OFF BY THE SUPER-RICH Tonight, Tuesday 12th April, the Transport for London Bill has its third reading – a Bill which transport union RMT has slammed as a “multi-billion pound rip off tailored yet again to the tax-dodging, global super-rich.” The Transport for London Bill was …
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14th RMT Annual Garden Party for Cub

RMT / Cuba Solidarity Campaign 14th Garden Party: Wednesday 15th June 2016. In association with the Cuba Solidarity Campaign the 14th RMT Annual Garden Party for Cuba will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at Maritime House, Clapham, London, commencing 7.00pm. Tickets will be available shortly and will be £15 each. This includes a …
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TRADE UNION BILL – CHECK OFF PROPOSALS

TRADE UNION BILL – CHECK OFF PROPOSALS  The Trade Union Bill has continued its passage through Parliament and was progressed to the Report Stage on 16th March 2016. As you are aware, the Bill is a draconian piece of legislation which threatens the basic right to strike, in addition to placing massive burdens of various …
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WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY – 28th APRIL 2016

WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY – 28th APRIL 2016 You will recall from the contents of NP/021/16 1st January 2016  Circular, that the attacks on Trade Unionists and Health & Safety reps in particular are not just confined to other parts of the globe, but are taking place right here on these islands. The TUC have issued …
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EXHAUST FUMES AND ALARMS – HOUNSLOW TUNNELS

EXHAUST FUMES AND ALARMS – HOUNSLOW TUNNELS A report and correspondence came in from the Relief Regional Organiser and from RMT members working on track tamping machines in tunnels around the Hounslow area. The concern appears to be the use of additional diesel powered generators being used in tunnel sections and/or shut and cut areas. …
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ASBESTOS DEATHS

ASBESTOS DEATHS There continues to be asbestos all around the railway infrastructure and in other locations where we also organise. RMT Members are reminded almost monthly of the damage and loss that occurs amongst our members, families and friends due to the continuous attack on people’s health by asbestos and its fatal associated diseases. Members …
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Briefing on State Aid complaint alleging Earl's Court developer

The RMT and LUEngineering Branch have been working hand in hand with the local community around Earls Court to save our LillieBridge Depot and support the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates against social cleansing. Below is some information about the campaign and how state aid is used to help the rich get richer.   …
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PM, the Mayor and being Open

When it comes to disclosures about people’s salaries that work for TFL and other public bodies, it seems Boris and his mate, Dave are more than happy that the public has a right to know. They believe in accountability and openness apparently. It is not a private matter, its a public one However, when the …
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Paris Demonstration against Anti-Labour Laws

The LUEngineering branch sends solidarity to the 15,000 Workers and Students that have been and continue to demonstrate in Paris and across France against proposed Labour Laws. The fight against austerity is seldom reported by the ‘free’ press owned by the mega rich such as Murdock. I cannot think why they would not find workers …
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Thales RSS & DTS Pay Talks: Final Position

Talks with Thales have reached a near Final Position with Thales offering 1.7%. The RMT have stated that they are looking to see this money incorporated into RSS Benchmark Figures and also resolve outstanding pay issues such as Annual Leave Payment Backpay. Once talks have finished, which we expect to complete within the next week, …
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LUL Track Patrolling Dispute

Following talks a Final Position has been reached with the Company. Please let your local reps know if it is acceptable or whether we reject it Track Patrolling Cleshars Staff Dispute Resolution Agreement This agreement does not form part of any night tube agreement and the Track staff will be party to any further additional …
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Tube Lines Pay/ Night Tube and Pensions

Following LUL Tube Lines continually stating that they would offer the same pay and night tube deal to Tube Lines staff as LUL employees, the RMT was shocked to find that compulsory roster changes and refusal to peg PRP to the general pay increase were among a raft of differences in the offer that finally …
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LUEngineering Facebook Page thriving

The LUL Engineering Face Book page is thriving as we continue to update and inform our members and fellow activists. In the last week,we have had more posts and engagement than other Full Trade Union Facebook pages from the Transport Industry. See file below.   Face Book Stats   To view our facebook page click …
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Major Transport Projects may be Compromised

General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Major transport infrastructure projects are compromised by a failure to plan for the future in terms of the skilled workforce Britain needs to drive forwards. “There has been a catastrophic failure in terms of workforce planning with skilled engineers seen for too long as a group that can be kicked about, …
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Blacklisting High Court latest figures

Blacklisting High Court latest figures: Over 180 blacklisted workers settled their claims after renewed offers from the firms in the past 2-3 weeks. The estimated cost to the firms for these cases alone is in the region of £15-20million plus legal costs (which could be considerably more). There are 154 live claims remaining (across all …
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RMT SETS OUT SIX KEY REASONS FOR LEAVING THE EU

TRANSPORT UNION RMT SETS OUT SIX KEY REASONS FOR LEAVING THE EU TRANSPORT UNION RMT today set out six key reasons why it will be advising members to vote to the leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum:   Leave the EU to end attacks on rail workers New EU rail policies are set to …
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GOLDMSITH'S ATTACK ON LUL WORKERS’ TRAVEL CONCESSIONS

RMT HITS BACK AT TORY MULTI-MILLIONAIRE GOLDMSITH’S ATTACK ON LONDON TRANSPORT WORKERS’ TRAVEL CONCESSIONS RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “At a time when the multi-billion pound tax-dodging racket of the super-rich is all over the media it is disgusting that Tory multi-millionaire Zac Goldsmith is threatening the long-established travel concessions for hard-working London transport …
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LUL Track Patrolling Dispute

Following talks with LUL and meetings with affected members, we believe we are close to achieving an acceptable solution that guarantees job security and patrolling being done by internal staff. Further talks are scheduled for tomorrow and talks will focus on the below skeleton agreement. It must be stressed that NO AGREEMENT have been reached …
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Section 15: Working in a Possession

Following intensive discussions with LUL and Tube Lines management over the Section 15 dispute, progress is consistently being made to ensure that we have a safe system of work for the track. The initial work has focused on working safely within a possession and a draft document has been produced to further comment (see below). …
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YOUNG MEMBERS CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

To: All BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS, & REGIONAL OFFICES Dear Colleagues. YOUNG MEMBERS CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Following the closing of nominations for the Young Members Advisory Committee on the 31st March 2016 I can confirm the following are elected unopposed to represent their respective Regional Councils on the Advisory Committee until March 2019, unless they reach …
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Save our Steel

RMT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT AND NETWORK RAIL TO SPEED UP RAIL RENEWALS WORK TO EASE PRESSURE ON UK STEEL INDUSTRY   RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Government and Network Rail to work up an urgent plan to bring forward rail renewals work to help ease the pressure on the UK steel industry.   …
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Where's our bloody money?

Despite the RMT agreeing a Pay Deal with LUL on the first of March, the company have still not implemented the increase and paid the appropriate amount of back pay. In pure exasperation at the latest bulletin stating the implementation would be as late as June, the RMT have written the Senior Management stating that …
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LUL Circular 4th April 2016

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS  4th April 2016                                                                           Circular No: IR/092/16 Dear Colleagues, BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, DRIVERS, HAMMERSMITH & CITY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/2) Further to my previous Circular (IR/299/15, 4th December 2015), the Lead Officer advised that the issues affecting members …
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RMT Women's Membership and Participation Survey

The LT Region is conducting a survey to find out how the RMT can support more women members to become active in the union For more details click the link below http://rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/content/rmt-womens-membership-and-participation-survey
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RMT to take ex-UKPN Pay Issue to Company Council

The RMT are taking the issue of pay back to LUL for our members in UKPN. We are concerned that LUL are paying less to these staff than the negotiated pay settlement and we will not let the matter rest until our members are satisfied with the outcome. It would appear that LUL are stating …
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March Inflation Figures

New Inflation Rates The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to February 2016. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 1.3% for the year to February 2016, the same as for the year to January 2016. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) stood at 0.3% for the year to February …
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Last Weeks Pic Line Drivers Strike

Solidarity from LUEngineering Branch to the Drivers striking to stop Bullying on the Pic Line From Last Week Piccadilly line strike action rock solid TUBE UNION RMT said that strike action by drivers on the Piccadilly Line is rock-solid this morning in a dispute over bullying and harassment of staff that has led to a …
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RMT INTERNAL STRUCTURE – WALES REGIONAL COUNCIL

RMT INTERNAL STRUCTURE – WALES REGIONAL COUNCIL Under Item No. 41, the 2011 Annual General Meeting adopted a resolution to commission an independent review of our internal structure and to report back to the 2012 Annual General Meeting with any recommendations deemed necessary. Due to the proposals regarding a merger between RMT and the TSSA, …
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Blacklisting Update

High Court latest The next hearing at the High Court blacklisting litigation is Thursday 7th April. BSG stance is the same as always. We want to see the directors of the multinational companies that orchestrated this human rights scandal to give evidence in the High Court under oath. Justice demands that however rich and powerful, …
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Tube Lines Safety Forum Minutes March 2016

Minutes of the AP JNP Health & Safety Forum On Thursday 17th March 2016 at 10:00 to 13:00 In Auditorium 1, Ground Floor, Westferry Circus     Attendees representing Management: Angela Back, Head of HSE Operations (Chair) Paul Cooper, JNP HSE Senior Manager Paul Rankin, Head of Operations Donna Goodwin-Sobczyk, Meeting Secretary   Attendees representing …
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Report on the 2016 RMT Women's Conference

There were just over 50 RMT Members who attended the Conference this year. This was another well attended Conference with 5 speakers on various subjects and 4 main reports from the RMT Women’s Advisory, TUC Women’s, STUC and European Transport Federation Committees. The Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch was in attendance today. He gave a …
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Save Lilliebridge Depot

The following resolution will be discussed at the next LUEngineering Branch Meeting: Save Lilliebridge Ballot of All RMT Members in Lillie Bridge Depot  Lillie Bridge Depot Closure and Breach of LU Company Council Agreement  Talks at LU Company Council aimed at averting a dispute were successful and ended in an agreement that the Beaumont Ave …
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Junior Doctors Strike

Transport union RMT pledges it’s continuing full support for junior doctors’ industrial action. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT stands in full support of our junior doctors as once again they are forced to take industrial action in defence of the basic principle of decent working conditions for NHS staff who work round the …
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Trade Union Bill – TUCG demonstration – 16 March

Trade Union Bill – TUCG demonstration – 16 March   The Report Stage of the Trade Union Bill will be taking place on Wednesday 16th March in the House of Lords. The Trade Union Coordinating Group will host another ‘after work’ demo to ensure the Bill does not pass without protest. This will take place at …
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Black List Support Group Statement

Blacklisting is human rights abuse on an industrial scale. The secret conspiracy that ruined the lives of thousands of hard working men and women was orchestrated by the directors of multinational construction firms. Seven years ago they denied everything and refused to pay a penny. The recent press reports that companies have now paid out around £20 …
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International Women's Day

LUEngineering Branch would like to send solidarity to all women in the world. The fight for Equality and Justice is a fight for us all “The worker is the slave of capitalist society, the female worker is the slave of that slave.” James Connolly “I ask no favors for my sex…. All I ask of …
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LUL Tendering Tube Lines Work

The RMT have caught LUL red-handed as they try to hive off work currently done internally by Tube Lines staff to outside companies. At a time when the RMT are pushing for an end to privatisation and race to the bottom, we was shocked to find out that whilst our members have been working hard …
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RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, NIGHT RUNNING AND PENSIONS TUBE LINES

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, NIGHT RUNNING AND PENSIONS TUBE LINES AP JNP (LUL/0001/TL) Further to my previous Circular (IR/029/16, 5th February 2016) the meeting with Tube Lines Reps, the Senior Assistant General Secretary, National Executive Committee and Lead Officer took place at Unity House on Tuesday 23rd February to discuss Pay, Night …
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RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE & NIGHT RUNNING – LUL

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE & NIGHT RUNNING – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001) Further to my previous Circular (IR/0037/16, 18th February 2016), the referendum has concluded and the result is as follows:- Question: Are you prepared to accept the Company’s offer? Total Votes Cast…              3414 Number Voting ‘Yes’…         2879 Number Voting ‘No’…          532 Spoilt …
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RMT CONTRIBUTION RATES 2016

MOM/MEM/ACR Circular No MF/133/15 12th November 2015 TO ALL BRANCHES AND REGIONAL COUNCILS Dear Colleague, RMT CONTRIBUTION RATES 2016 As you know, the cost of providing members with the benefits of RMT membership increases every year and contribution rates increase in line with inflation to help us to maintain and improve those benefits and services. …
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Blacklisting Campaign

Construction firms attempt to ban a number of blacklisted workers from giving evidence in the blacklisting super-trial was thrown out by the High Court on Friday (26 Feb). Edmund Nourse QC representing the blacklisting firms; Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Vinci asked for the court to restrict the number of witness statements to 17 ‘lead …
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Section 15 Acas Talks

SECTION 15 POSSESSIONS – LUL Further to Head Office Circular NP/066/16, 17th February 2016 your National Executive Committee has once again considered a report of the Regional Organiser on talks with the company which are continuing. Management have taken account of RMT’s concerns and have agreed to our representatives’ suggestions for a safe system of …
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Tube Lines Reps Meeting Pay & Pensions

Tube Lines Reps Meeting Report The Tube Lines Pay Offer was put to all our Tube Lines reps at a meeting at Unity House on 23 Feb. The discussions also included Pensions and Night Tube were discussed with all making a contribution. The debate was focused again on how Tube Lines are again wanting something …
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Tube Lines Pay/ Night Tube & Pensions

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2015 AND NIGHT RUNNING TUBE LINES AP JNP Thank you for your report dated 28th February regarding the above. This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the following decision:- “Further to our Decision 173 of 28/1/16, a meeting of Tube Lines Reps …
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Legal Update: Holiday Pay

Legal Update:  Holiday Pay. Further to Circular NP/099/14 of the 29th May 2014  where I reported the case of Lock v British Gas, and Circular NP/149/14 dated 2nd September 2014,  and NP/223/14 on the  5th November 2014 reporting the EAT decision in  Hertel,Amec v  Wood and others and Bear v Fulton favour of the workers …
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LUL Dispute- Cleshars Outsourcing

Following talks with LUL, the RMT have agreed to joint briefings with staff to find out how many people wish to change their shift patterns on the BCV Track areas. Some of these briefings have already occurred on the Central Line. The purpose is purely and simply to obtain information and then work on a solution that …
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Section 15 Update

Talks have been continuing under the auspices of Acas and through a formal LUL investigation into incidents that have occurred within Possessions in General. Your representatives have reported a far greater willingness to listen and are reporting progress in producing a safe system of work for our members. However, there is still work to be …
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Thales Pay Rejected

Following Thales offering our members across DTS and RSS a mere 1.4% payrise for 2016, the Thales representatives unanimously rejected the offer on behalf of our members. We have notified Thales of our decision and have requested further talks Further information below   2016 Thales DTS Pay offer rejection   2016 Thales RSS Pay offer …
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Thales Pay Update

Following talks with Thales regarding the RMT pay claim for 2016, we have received the below reply:   RMT Pay Claim Response   This is response to the below claim:   2016 Pay Claim – Thales   ALL RMT union reps are released on Friday 19th February to discuss this matter so please feedback to …
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Blacklisting Update

Pressure mounts in High Court & Scotland Brian Higgins blacklisted by construction firms, spied on by undercover police. Double page spread in Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/blacklisting-left-broke-disgrace-families-7377627#ICID=sharebar_facebook#lKzrpUukdkyC6Ph7.97   http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/blacklisting-companies-justice-part-36-offers-to-settle http://www.hazards.org/blacklistblog/2016/02/09/guilty-as-sin-site-firms-try-to-buy-silence/ http://www.healthandsafetyatwork.com/hsw/worker-involvement/compensation-blacklisting-ucatt Next High Court date is Friday 26th Feb   Targeting activists https://netpol.org/2013/06/18/police-powers-finally-kettled-by-high-court/ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/name-your-cop-spies-former-7368661#ICID=sharebar_facebook   Trade Union Bill http://leftfootforward.org/2016/02/blacklisting-scandal-shows-how-dangerous-the-trade-union-bill-is/ http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/12/trade-union-bill-escalate-disputes-industrial-law-expert-bruce-carr?CMP=share_btn_fb https://www.tuc.org.uk/union-issues/trade-union-bill/tuc-comments-leaked-ministerial-letter-calling-trade-union-bill http://labourlist.org/2016/02/the-government-are-effectively-creating-state-sponsored-blacklisting/   International Workers Memorial Day: …
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Reps Retiring

The LUEngineering Branch would like to wish Martin Eden, Dave Godfrey and Colin Miller all the best as they leave the company for new pastures. The have worked ceaselessly for their members and we would all like to wish them many thanks for their work    
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Devolution of inner suburban rail passenger services to TfL

Dear Colleague Devolution of inner suburban rail passenger services to Transport for London The Government are consulting on the devolution of inner suburban mainline rail passenger services to Transport for London with a key proposal being that the responsibility for franchising certain rail services transfers from the Department for Transport to Transport for London. The …
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London Mayoral Election

London Mayoral Election  The National Executive Committee has received a Branch request to support the Labour Party Candidate Sadiq Khan for London Mayor. The National Executive are seeking the views of Branches and Regional Councils in the London Mayoral area and views are sought no later than Thursday 24 March 2016.  Yours sincerely Mick Cash …
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2016 May Elections

2016 May Elections  The 2015 AGM adopted the Council of Executives political review that was placed before them. This included the following requirement,  The Council of Executives will set a date before the election concerned, for example eight weeks, by which time Branches and Regional Council requests must be received. This will also be the …
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Tube Lines Pay Offer

The following Pay offer was sent over by Tube Lines today. We have requested release of the reps to discuss this on the 23rd February   Pay Night Tube offer RMT 05 02 16     Issued to: JNP Pay and Night Tube APJNP Pay and Night Tube Following discussions with the Trades unions on …
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Section 15: Why the strike was suspended

Section 15: Why the strike was suspended Following extensive talks at Acas, the demands from your representatives were very clear and very basic, WE DO NOT WANT TO BE KILLED AT WORK The Management Teams from LUL were left in no doubt how seriously we took this and that we firmly believe that Section 15 …
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LU suspend the training and assessment of Cleshars T001

LUL Track Patrolling: Strike Suspended Following talks at and after Acas, your representatives made it clear that a line in the sand had been drawn and that as far as we was concerned that the training of Cleshars staff to undertake track patrolling was uneconomic, unnecessary and would not be tolerated by our members. Whilst …
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LUL Tubelines: STRIKE SUSPENDED

SECTION 15 POSSESSIONS Further to Head Office Circular NP/032/16, 28th January 2016, a report from the Regional Organiser and a letter from management with a proposal to resolve the dispute has been considered by the National Executive Committee. The NEC have adopted the following Decision: Further to our Decision No.NWW of 28th January, we note …
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LUL Track Patrolling Strike SUSPENDED

TRACK PATROLLING, CLESHAR STAFF – LONDON UNDERGROUND This matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the following decision:- “Further to our Decision No. NWW of 4/2/16, we note the report from the Regional Organiser and the letter from LUL. We accept the proposals in the letter from LUL as a …
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LUL Track Patrolling Dispute

LONDON UNDERGROUND TRACK PATROL STAFF TO STRIKE FOR 24 HOURS FROM FRIDAY MORNING Tube union RMT confirmed today that nearly 500 London Underground track patrol staff are to strike for 24 hours from 0630hrs on Friday morning – 12th February – in a dispute over the use of private contractors to casualise and undermine their …
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Section 15 Strike: Acas Update

The issue of Section 15 Possessions and this Friday’s strike was today discussed at Acas. The RMT stated that they was concerned that LUL were turning track access into a death trap and wanted Section 15 Possessions suspended whilst a safe system of work was agreed. LUL made the following commitment ‘to suspend AP (Maintenance) …
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TRACK PATROLLING, CLESHAR STAFF – LUL

TRACK PATROLLING, CLESHAR STAFF – LONDON UNDERGROUND   Further to previous correspondence regarding the above, this matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the following decision:-   “Further to our Decision No. NWW of 3rd February 2016, we instruct our members to take strike action by not booking on for …
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TUC SURVEY – LGBT DISCRIMINATION

TUC SURVEY – LGBT DISCRIMINATION   The TUC is carrying out a survey to identify the obstacles that prevent or deter Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans workers from using the law to challenge discrimination.  They wish to receive responses from anyone who did not exercise their legal rights under the Equality Act 2010.   Confidentiality …
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Tube Liines Pay Talks Report

On the 5th February had an ad-hoc company council meeting with Tube Lines and for once unite and tssa turned up. On the agenda was the following; 2015 Pay RMT Ballot RRD’s and Driving, Track & Civil’s Section 15 Possessions We requested that Pensions was also included on the agenda. We started talking about Pensions and …
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Young Members Survey

Young Members Survey   Young Members Survey   We surveyed all young members in our branch of 25 and below and asked them the below questions Have you ever attended a union meeting? Have you ever need representation? Do you feel the union is relevant to you? Do you use any of the branch media? …
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Section 15: Frequently asked Questions

LUL have sent out a Bulletin regarding Section 15 Possessions and the Keystone Cop approach to safety. Here is our reply   Frequently Asked Questions        NOT Frequently Asked Questions – Section 15 Possession Protection   To:          RMT Members ONLY Date:      2nd February  2016 I know nothing about Section 15. What is it? …
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Cleshars Outsourcing: Massive Vote

LUL Track Workers have sent a resounding YES for action and a NO to LUL over the training of Cleshars staff to undertake Track Patrols Those voting YES for strike 141 to 9 Those voting YES to action short 151 to 8 We now call on LUL to enter into talks with the RMT and make …
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Section 15: A Personal View

Many people have been asking what is the dispute all about, below is an extract of an email sent by your Branch Secretary to Heads of Tube Lines and LUL. The email chain regards incidents in possessions and the company view that there is nothing wrong. The email was sent the day after management refused …
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Huge Action Planned for Section 15

SECTION 15 POSSESSIONS Further to Head Office Circular NP/252/15, 15th December 2015, and following the ballot result showing overwhelming support for industrial action your National Executive Committee has taken the decision to instruct all members covered by this dispute at LUL and Tubelines NOT TO BOOK ON FOR SHIFTS that commence between: 0630 Friday 12th …
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2016 Thale Pay Claim Lodged

The RMT have lodged a pay claim with Thales for both its DTS and Rail Signal Members. Please see claim below   2016 Pay Claim – Thales    
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Thales DTS Roster Changes

Following months of talks, the RMT Reps at Thales DTS have reached a final position. This matter is now being put to an email vote of our members, with replies by Friday at 16:00   New roster Ver 7   SCPO 0078 Thales Network Management Centre-Rostering Arrangements Network Analysts
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Blacklisting: Court Date Cancelled

High Court hearing set for Monday 1st February has now been cancelled. Its very last minute but the firms only agreed the issues very late.   There is now an extension of time for any individual to join the group litigation – 28th Feb 2016 is the new deadline. If anyone with information on the …
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Section 15 Update: Tube Lines back safety

Tube Lines members have delivered a massive yes vote for action in their demand for safety at work Out of 185 Votes Strike 170 For 12 Against Action short of strike 180 For 3 Against That makes an overwhelming majority for action across affected Engineering Grades in both LUL and Tube Lines Further talks at …
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Section 15 Ballot Result

28th January 2016 Dear Colleague, Section 15 – Possessions – London Underground Further to previous correspondence regarding the above, the ballot has now concluded with members voting as follows:- Are you prepared to take strike action? Total Votes Cast        381 Number Voting ‘Yes’        287 Number Voting ‘No’        92 Spoilt Papers           …
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LUL Circular – Pay & Night Tube, EJM, Track Patrolling Cleshar, Glen Hart

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND NIGHT TUBE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/011/16, 14th January 2016) all members will have received a copy of the revised offer from London Underground in respect of Pay, Night Tube and Fit for the Future Stations. For your ease of reference, …
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Week of action against Trade Union Bill

RMT to support week of action against Trade Union Bill as Tories target transport workers  Transport union RMT is supporting a week of action from 8th to 14th February organised by the TUC and all affiliated unions against the Trade Union Bill which threatens a whole raft of workplace rights including the basic right to strike. As …
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LUL Pay & Night Tube Survey

The results of the informal text survey are below 151 Accept 120 Reject This will be reported back at the Reps meeting tomorrow. Many thanks for completing the survey. 113 People left comments, here they are below and we will be taking note of all of them and getting back to you with answers to some …
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High Court orders blacklist firms to disclose further evidence

High Court orders blacklist firms to disclose further evidence and issues costs of £100k against them   Last Friday (22 Jan), the High Court made judgements against blacklisting firms; Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci PLC ordering them to disclose further evidence from back up computer tapes of emails that …
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Section 15: Carrot and Stick

Formal Investigation: LUL have agreed today to hold a formal investigation into recent incidents within Section 15 Possessions. They have stated ‘Due to the recent protection irregularities and near misses that have been reported in possessions and specified areas, Jill Collis, Director of HSE, has commissioned a Formal Investigation. The investigation will undertake a holistic review of …
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LUL Pay & Night Tube Offer

Following many months of talks, LUL have offered the below agreement to resolve our dispute. Full draft below. This is the LUL Pay offer ONLY AP JNP Offer to follow asap   Dispute resolution proposal 210116 v CLEAN
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Bob Crow Memorial Page

The Branch has refined its Bob Crow Memorial Page and members are welcome to read or submit their memories of Bob Sadly missed   https://www.luengineeringrmt.co.uk/bob-crow-memorial-page/
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‘London Recruits’ documentary

‘London Recruits’ documentary – Appeal for Branch and Regional Council Funding In the 1960s and 1970s a number of NUS and NUR activists (as well as members of other British unions) were recruited to perform secret work in apartheid South Africa on behalf of Nelson Mandela’s banned ANC. RMT, as the successor of NUS/NUR, is …
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LGBT HISTORY MONTH

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Further to a request from the RMT LGBT Members’ Conference last year, the Council of Executives agreed to promote LGBT History Month (February).  A rainbow logo and new badge have been produced to support this.  LGBT History Month will also be highlighted in an article in the next RMT News. Branch Secretaries …
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LUL Cuts

RMT blames “poisonous cocktail of cuts and overcrowding” for huge rise in injuries on London Underground   Tube union RMT today blasted the “poisonous cocktail of cuts and overcrowding as an FOI request by the website London Loves Business revealed an increase in over 400% in platform injuries on London Underground. The research shows that …
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TORY ANTI-UNION LAWS

Transport Union RMT responds to news that transport is one of the sectors targeted for new wave of Tory anti union laws. General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This morning the Tory Government confirm that transport is one of the sectors that they will be targeting with their new wave of oppressive anti-union laws as they …
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WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY – 28th APRIL 2016

WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY – 28th APRIL 2016   Workers Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day. The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the …
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Winter Legal Update 2016

Winter Legal Update 2016 Conciliation Officers     It has come to my attention that members are putting their reps and Regional Administrators forward as conciliators for ACAS conciliation; please remind all branch activists and reps that the Unions approved Conciliator’s are Regional Organisers. Members can act for themselves in ACAS or nominate their Regional …
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LUL Pay & Night Tube: Acas Update

Dear  RMT members Today myself with senior RMT reps met LUL at acas for the second day in this week’s talks A new proposal for Train Operators ref Night tube working / reduced hours /pilot for 4 day 36 hour week / Freeze on weekends working was placed on the table. Stations…. a lengthy discussion …
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LUL Pay & Night Tube

Talks will continue tomorrow, Wednesday, 20th January regards the LUL Pay and Night Tube dispute under the auspices of ACAS. John Leach, LT Regional Organiser, stated the he expected talks to be ‘frank and constructive’ and we all hope that LUL come back with a more realistic offer that satisfies our members aspirations. It is …
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NOMINATIONS FOR RMT POLITICAL SCHOOL

NOMINATIONS FOR RMT POLITICAL SCHOOL SUNDAY 15 MAY – FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016 Please nominate by Tuesday 1 March 2016 The next school will take place from Sunday 15 May to Friday 20 May 2016 (not in March as previously suggested) at the National Education Centre at Doncaster. Participants will be expected to arrive by …
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New Inflation Rates

New Inflation Rates The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to November 2015. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 1.2% for the year to December 2015, up 0.1% on the figure for the year to November 2015. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 0.2% for the year …
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March to Kill the Housing Bill housing demo

March to Kill the Housing Bill housing demo January 30th Start from Imperial War Museum 12pm ( SE1 6HZ) March to Cameron’s publicly funded home in Downing Street for 2pm The Housing Bill marks the end of social housing The end of secure lifetime tenancies. Council tenancies will be for 2 to 5 years with no …
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Section 15: VOTE YES for Safety

Less than 24 hours after talks broke down with LUL regarding Section 15 Possessions, there have been two further incidents underlining the warnings that the RMT gave that the whole process has casualised safe track access to such a point that serious injury or death was becoming inevitable. LUL’s stance that these possessions could continue …
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New Branch Website APP

Our branch website APP has now gone live. It is currently ONLY for Android phones, but the Apple and iPhone versions are coming soon To get the APP click below Android APP
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"SAY YES TO SAFETY ON THE TRACK SAY NO TO SECTION 15"

Emergency talks ended in failure today when LUL refused to suspend the use of section 15 Possessions in the face of serious concerns from the RMT over their safety and a belief that someone may be killed. LU’s proposed cuts to safe working in possessions, we believe, will result in fatalities. We have already seen …
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Latest LUL Circular

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND NIGHT TUBE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/0001)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/299/15, 4th December 2015), and as members will be aware, RMT suspended industrial action in September 2015 to allow discussions at ACAS to continue. However we also strenuously reiterated the fact that the dispute situation …
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Section 15 Dispute

Emergency talks are due to take place today with both LUL and Tube Lines regarding the changes to track access that have been incorporated within the Section 15 of the rule book and association Operational Safety Notice. The RMT will be pushing that the ‘deregulation’ of track access away from the tried and tested Track …
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RMT slams "pathetic" fine over death

RMT slams “pathetic” fine handed out to contractor after rail worker death   RAIL UNION RMT today slammed as “pathetic” and “wholly inadequate” a fine handed out to a major rail construction company for a series of failures that led to the avoidable death of one of their workers Carillion Construction Ltd has been fined …
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10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL – BOB CROW NATIONAL EDUCATION CENTRE.     It was on the 18th October 2006 that the recently renamed Bob Crow National Education Centre was opened by our union. In succeeding 10 years the centre has expanded and developed into a first class residential Trade Union Education Centre. To mark this 10 …
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Blacklisting Event

Liverpool football fans who have been blacklisted by construction companies for being members of a trade union or raising concerns about safety on building sites will be holding a protest against the use of Carillion to build the new stand at Anfield at the Liverpool v Man United this Sunday.   Blacklist Support Group are …
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LUL Pay & Night Tube Strike Dates

RMT confirms programme of action on London Underground over pay, Night Tube and job cuts Tube union RMT today confirmed that its executive has agreed to a wide ranging programme of industrial action across London Underground grades in two separate disputes over pay and night tube and the plans to bulldoze through massive cuts to …
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LUL Track Work Outsourcing

LUL Track Work Outsourcing Despite numerous appeals to LUL to withdraw from training Cleshars’ staff to undertake track patrolling, they have now decided to start line based familiarisation and assessments. This cannot be tolerated and makes no economic sense. The harsh reality, in this time of economic cuts to the budget, is that LUL pay …
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WITHDRAWAL OF REST DAYS, TRACK & CIVILS STAFF – TUBE LINES

WITHDRAWAL OF REST DAYS, TRACK & CIVILS STAFF – TUBE LINES (AP JNP)  Our Track members across Tube Lines have delivered a massive majority for strike action and action short of strike. We are now in the process of seeking urgent talks with the company in the hope that common sense will prevail and an …
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Rip off Privatised Rail

UK commuters spend up to six times as much of their salary on rail fares as other European passengers   Commuters on the UK’s privatised railways returning to work today (Monday) will face new fare increases, while spending up to six times as much of their salaries on rail fares as European passengers on publicly-owned …
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Tory London Mayoral Candidate is having a laugh

RMT hits back at Goldsmith claim that he will ban tube strikes   Tube union RMT today hit back at a leaflet being distributed by multi-millionaire Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith claiming that he will ban tube strikes in the Capital.   The leaflet is being distributed as RMT and sister transport unions step up …
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Transport union RMT pledges full support for junior doctors’ industrial action

  Transport union RMT pledges full support for junior doctors’ industrial action   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT stands in full support of our junior doctors as they prepare to take industrial action in defence of the basic principle of decent working conditions for NHS staff who work round the clock saving lives. …
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RMT Events 2016

Monday 11th January 2016   Circular No. National Policy NP/07/16/BO   To the Secretary all Branches, Council of Executive members, Regional Councils and Regional Offices.   Dear Colleagues,   CLAIM THE DATE FOR ALL THESE FANTASTIC EVENTS   RMT members, as well as friends and family, are invited to attend and join a number of …
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RMT Parliamentary Annual Report

Please see Parliamentary Groups annual report below: RMT PG report Autumn 2015 – FINAL
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Blacklist Support Group update – 11th January 2016

High Court The High Court litigation has reached a crucial point with the companies offering money in an attempt to buy themselves out of any justice. Many blacklisted workers have point blankly rejected the insulting offers and are determined to carry on to full trial. Blacklist Support Group is holding collective consultation meetings for claimants …
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RMT Response to LUL Section 15 Possessions

The RMT response to Section 15 Possessions has been straightforward and forthright. We DO NOT intend to let a cost cutting agenda affect our safety at work. LUL and Tubelines have been notified of our concerns and urgent talks are being arranged for Thursday to address our concerns. What is a Section 15 Possession? LUL have always used …
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RMT TO BALLOT TUBE LINES STAFF FOR STRIKE ACTION OVER PAY AND NIGHT TUBE

RMT TO BALLOT TUBE LINES STAFF FOR STRIKE ACTION OVER PAY AND NIGHT TUBE   Tube union RMT confirmed today that it making the final preparations for a ballot of Tube Lines staff for both strike action and action short of a strike after a meeting of reps overwhelmingly rejected the latest pay and Night …
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Women's Advisory Committee

The LUEngineering Branch passed the below resolution last night to raise all our members consciousness of the work of our advisory committee: Resolution: Women’s Advisory Committee This branch asks the Regional Council to support the following resolution This Region believes that some Women in the RMT are not aware that there is a Women’s Advisory …
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Latest LUL Circular

  OFFICIAL CIRCULAR   TO ALL BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVES ALL UNDERGROUND AND FORMER LT EMPLOYERS     23rd December 2015                                                                Circular No IR/321/15   Dear Colleagues,   EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)   Further to my previous Circular (IR/299/15, 4th December 2015) there remains a number of areas of …
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What a representative should be doing

What a representative should be doing   ALL Representatives will: EQUALITY IS ALL REPS FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY All reps should be trained and use that training to support their role and their members All reps are expected to take part in Branch recruitment and retention programs. Use the Labour Research Books if made …
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What the Branch Executive and Officers are expected to do?

What the Branch Executive and Officers are expected to do   Branch Officials   All Branch Officials will carry out duties as defined within the Union Rule Book. The Branch Secretary, Branch Chair and Treasurer may not hold two positions within the Branch.   Each officer is a member of the branch executive and will …
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LUL: On Call Payment Back Pay

Despite reaching agreement with LUL at Acas (click it >>Metronet Grades Dispute – ACAS Resolution (3)) regarding the increase of On Call payments in Engineering and Back Pay to 2007, so far LUL have only increased the present rate. Even that was only recently. Our members have now had enough. Promises of jam tomorrow never …
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How to raise a grievance

Grievances:  A grievance is just a term used to describe a complaint that you want to lodge. It can be about any issues from unpaid overtime to severe bullying and harassment. Your company is legally obliged to care for you under the following legislation: Health and Safety: Your company has a duty of care to …
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Tube Lines Pay Offer

Tube Lines have sent over their final pay offer. See link below 111215 Union letter signed
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Italian state Railway to plunder Britain's railways

Now Government opens door to Italian state to plunder Britain’s railways   In a written statement today the Government have confirmed the list of bidders given a “fast track” passport to soak up lucrative franchises on Britain’s rip-off railways. As well as the usual list of chancers, failures, spivs and foreign state operators, a new …
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December Inflation Rates

New Inflation Rates   The Office for National Statistics has published inflation figures for the twelve months to November 2015.   The Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 1.1% for the year to November 2015, up 0.4% on the figure for the year to October 2015.   The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 0.1% …
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Blacklisting: Significant legal and political developments

High Court blacklisting litigation saw a 2 day hearing on Mon-Tues last week (7-8 Dec), with an additional evening session on Tuesday. As the blacklisting firms have already admitted their guilt to the court, the entire 2 days was taken up with legal argument over the use of expert witnesses for calculating loss of earnings. …
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Section 15: We told LUL so

Last night a serious incident occurred using a Section 15 Possession whereby a message informing staff that there was a train in the area failed to be passed on. Staff could easily have been on the track with potentially fatal consequences when the Engineering Train went through the section of track. The RMT are balloting over …
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RMT NATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2016

TO: THE SECRETARY ALL BRANCHES AND REGIONAL COUNCILS   Dear Colleague,   RMT NATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2016   I am pleased to inform you that the 2016 National LGBT Members’ Conference will take place in Nottingham on Friday 13th (commencing at 2pm) and Saturday 14th May 2016 (concluding at 3pm).  …
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RMT NATIONAL BLACK & ETHNIC MINORITY MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2016

TO: THE SECRETARY ALL BRANCHES AND REGIONAL COUNCILS   Dear Colleague,   RMT NATIONAL BLACK & ETHNIC MINORITY MEMBERS’ CONFERENCE 2016   I am pleased to inform you that the 2016 National Black and Ethnic Minority Members’ Conference will take place in Manchester on Monday 21 March (starting at 1pm) to Tuesday 22 March 2016 …
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RMT NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2016

RMT NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE 2016   I am pleased to inform you that the 2016 National Women’s Conference will take place in Scarborough on Friday 4th (starting at 1pm) and Saturday 5th March 2016 (concluding at 3pm). The venue is Scarborough Railway Social Club, Station Buildings, Scarborough YO11 1TN.   Branches and Regional Councils are …
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Leytonstone Stabbing

RMT demands moratorium on station job cuts as union reveals that Leytonstone will lose half its rush hour staff in February   TUBE UNION RMT today demanded that London Underground halt its station job cuts programme as the union revealed that Leytonstone station, scene of Saturdays horrific knife attack, will lose half its rush hour …
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