Black and ethnic minority members

Black and ethnic minority RMT members are organising for equality and against racism. 



Haiti: Holding International Charities Accountable

RMT Council of Executives decision:

That we note the resolution and support efforts to ensure donations reach the people they are intended for. We continue to fully support TUC Aid and ITF appeals. We encourage members to donate through these organisations.

Further, we instruct the General Secretary to write to Haiti Now - Haiti First seeking more information on their campaign to hold internal charities to account.

Annual Reparation Conference

RMT Council of Executives decision:

That we note that this AGM decision has been carried out and that both the General Secretary and President addressed the Conference.

Any requests for financial support must be pre-authorised prior to any financial commitment.

National Black and Minority Ethnic Committee Anti-Slavery Day Commemorative Event

The RMT's Black and Minority Ethnic committee are hosting an Anti-Slavery Day commemorative event. The event "Slavery - shame of the past and modern curse" will be held at The Brunei Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG (Nearest tube: Russell Square) on Monday September 12, at 17.30.

The nearest tube to the venue is Russell Square. (Map.)

There will be several speakers from all areas of the RMT as well as the High Commissioner for Saint Lucia and members of other unions.

TUC Black Workers' Conference - Regional Council 28th July

The following Resolution submitted by LU Engineering was carried at the Regional Council meeting on 28th July.

This region demands that the RMT carries out its responsibility toward its Black Activists in regards to their entailment of Delegation to the TUC's Black Workers Conference from 2012 onwards
Having just over half of our delegation entailment present at this year's conference (8 -10 April 2011), greatly influenced the outcome for our candidate to the Race Relations Committee and increased his vote since we last stood a candidate.

London Underground Job Cuts Deepen Inequalities

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the report on the equality strand of the review of London Underground’s OSP (job cuts). We endorse the detailed critique of the job cuts’ impact on equalities, which can be found on file. This critique highlights that London Underground:

  • calculates station staffing levels without considering the needs of equality groups
  • uses methods for collecting information, categorising passenger journeys and assessing data which are deeply flawed and fail to account for equality issues

LU Organisational Strategic Plan (OSP) Equality Review

Report to RMT stations representatives from Janine Booth


  • London Underground does not consider the needs of equalities groups when calculating its station staffing levels.
  • LU's methods for collecting information, categorising passenger journeys and assessing data are deeply flawed and fail to account for equality issues.
  • LU did not carry out an adequate Equality Impact Assessment before going ahead with the OSP, despite being obliged by law to do so. The revisions it has made to the EqIA since then are minor and wholly inadequate.

Black and Ethnic Minority Members’ Advisory Committee Meeting - 3rd June 2011

Branches and Regional Councils are invited to submit items for consideration at the above meeting. Such items should deal solely with matters affecting black and ethnic minority members and must not seek to determine Union policy. I would point out that the Committee cannot authorise the progression of claims. Branches submitting items for the agenda must inform their Regional Council of the content.

Branches and Regional Councils are reminded that observers are also welcome to attend the Advisory Committee, although expenses cannot be paid in this regard.

RMT Objects as London Underground Claims Staff Cuts Benefit Elderly, Disabled and Other Passengers

As a public body, London Underground has to carry out an assessment of the impact of any new policy on various equality issues. The attached file is LU's Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for its current OSP (policy of cutting 800 mainly-stations jobs). Below is the response to this document that I have written on behalf of RMT. You will see from this that LU's EQIA falls woefully short, and ignores key equality issues.