RMT Circular 5th February 2019

February 15, 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:              68
Number of votes cast in the ballot:                                                 57
Number of individuals answering “Yes” to the question:                       57
Number of individuals answering “No” to the question:                        0
Number of spoiled or otherwise invalid voting papers returned:            0
 
Following the close of this second ballot, the National Executive Committee has considered this matter and congratulated members on again returning a magnificent yes vote to continue to take industrial action. The instruction for all Train Operator and Instructor Operator members at Leytonstone Traincrew Depot not to enter the sidings to reverse until the train has been physically checked and doors closed on porter buttons will therefore continue uninterrupted (from 00:01 hours on Thursday 14th February 2019) until further notice.
 
While we remain available for talks to resolve this dispute, we cannot accept the Company’s dangerous cost-cutting plans to remove detrainment staff from the Waterloo and City Line at Waterloo Station and I am sure all members will stand by this industrial action to protect your safety and that of your passengers.
 
IMPOSITION OF ROSTER, ACTON TOWN PICCADILLY LINE TRAINCREW DEPOT – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/8/2)
 
Further to my previous Circular (IR/31/19, 23rd January 2019), a meeting took place with the Company to discuss the unacceptable imposition of a new roster at Bollo House. Following strong representations from RMT and the possibility of a dispute situation, the Company advised that they have brought forward a recasting of the duties by a year to this coming Easter in order to find a solution. In the meantime, the status quo will apply and Drivers can still work their normal shift patterns. Any future proposals will be subject to negotiation and agreement before any new roster is introduced.
 
The National Executive Committee has considered the correspondence on file and commends our members, local representatives and Piccadilly & District West Branch for the successful resolution of this issue.
 
DUTIES/SHIFT COVERAGE – DISTRICT CENTRE GROUP – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)
 
Further to my previous Circular (IR/31/19, 23rd January 2019), the Company was advised of the dispute situation due to a lack of staff and unfilled vacancies meaning shifts are left uncovered and remaining members are left with an extra workload and increased stress which is unacceptable to this Union. Preparations for the ballot are now complete and I can advise that ballot papers will be posted to all CSA, CSS and CSM members on the District Centre Group (Embankment, St. James Park, Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington, South Kensington and Sloane Square Stations) on Tuesday 12th February 2019. The closing date for this ballot is Tuesday 5th March 2019.
 
If any member does not receive their ballot paper, please ask them to call the freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706, RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 to ask for the Industrial Relations Department or e-mail [email protected] to request a replacement. I will keep Branches advised of all further developments.
 
RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2019 – CGL RAIL (DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY CONTRACT) (DLR/0001/CGL)
 
In line with Union policy, a pay claim was submitted to the company for a substantial increase in rates of pay and improvements to conditions of service. Following discussions, the pay offer which was received is as follows:-
 
  • A 3.8% increase for Systems Technicians and General Operatives
 
Noting the views of our Representatives, the National Executive Committee has instructed me to inform the company of our acceptance of the offer. This instruction has been carried out and I have requested that the increase and any back monies are paid at the earliest opportunity.
 
Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary

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