Regional Organisers reports

Reports and updates from Regional organiser John Leach

London Underground claim that RMT refused ACAS talks incorrect

Dear RMT members

I’m getting fed up with all the not truths being peddled about RMT.

I’m told we refused to go to acas. This is not true and London Underground management know it.

Please see below and you will see an email I sent on the behalf of the RMT to the company last night where I stated, and I quote, "happy to attend ACAS to resolve the dispute. And are available to do so."

RMT appalled by way LUL has acted over Night Tube “grade consolidation” plan

Dear Colleagues

RMT is appalled by the way London Underground has acted over Night Tube “grade consolidation”. Instead of accommodating those NT drivers who want to go full time, they attempt to do away with the grade completely and impose Night Tube shifts on the TO21 drivers.

London Underground management have told us that they are desperate for drivers. Night Tube drivers are fully trained up and many of them are eager to begin a full-time role. The solution therefore is simple: those Night Tube drivers who want to be full time should be promote as a matter of urgency.

Regional Organiser calls for improved Covid protections for operational and engineering workers on LU

MAYOR ANNOUNCEMENT - MAJOR COVID INCIDENT:

To Nick Dent, LU director

Dear Nick

As we all know yesterday the Mayor announced a Major Incident in London re the Surge in hospital use in the current 3rd national lockdown RMT feels that this has an immediate impact on the staff and their families. It is clear that the death rate is tragically very high and this is all set to continue

The message is clear "Stay at home" "Work from home" and yet LUL continues to act in another way for thousands our our members in operational and engineering grades

Video: Tube funding update

RMT Regional Organiser John Leach updates members on the funding agreement reached between London mayor Sadiq Khan and thr government following s meeting he attended this morning with the assistant mayor and TfL commissioner.

Video transcript:

RMT meets with LU director to discuss financial crisis

Dear RMT members

Update

This morning myself and NEC rep Jared Wood attended a summit meeting with the Managing Director of LUL and others to discuss the above

At the time of writing this update no final deal had been done with government and TFL and management told us that it is possible a deal may not be completed by the 17th October deadline. However, it is management’s view that a section 114 notice would not be required if there was a reasonable prospect of securing a deal by next week.

RMT seeks absolute guarantee on member's jobs as TfL negotiates emergency loan with government

RMT Regional Organiser John Leach has written to London Underground Managing Director Andy Lord to seek an 'absolute guarantee' that the jobs of members at TfL / LUL will not be affected by any emergency budget settlement reached with the government. 

 

The letter

Subject: TfL Finances impact on Employees, Jobs and conditions of employment

Dear Andy

RMT continues to demand assurances on social distancing

Dear RMT members (London Transport Region)

 As you will see below in our press release, the RMT has concerns re next Monday 11th May being the start of government led mobilisation across Britain’s railways.

Accordingly I immediately wrote to LUL, the Managing Director, specifically in relation to all TfL. The MD confirmed explicitly that this is not the case for TfL and their services, that their planning date (which is not fixed 100%) is still the 18th of May.

RMT goes to ACAS over proposed 'unsafe and inappropriate' timetables

Dear RMT members in Train grades,

Following the universal rejection of Covid 19 Emergency duty schedules and LUL's threat to impose them next Sunday,we met at Director level yesterday and informed them that these schedules were fundamentally misconceived.

The proposed timetabled service was far too intense for purpose and the schedules were fundamentally unsafe and inappropriate.