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Update: Dispute Talks

RMT representatives again attended talks aimed at resolving our 'jobs, pay and justice' dispute at ACAS on Wednesday 24 June.

Most of the day's discussion centred around management's difficulty with accepting that the settlement of the 2001 dispute (the so-called 'Jobs for Life' deal) means what it actually says! The agreement clearly states that:

  • "no compulsory redundancies will take place"; and that
  • "This agreement applies to all staff employed by LUL, the Infracos and their subsidiaries. "

TfL Dispute - Lack of Support for TfL Staff

I am writing this in a personal capacity but I believe this is the feeling of a lot of TfL members of RMT. We have given 100% to the build up of this dispute/campaign since day one. We have only 4 'recognised' Reps in the whole of TfL unlike other areas of membership. We are part of this dispute because of the possible 3000 job cuts in our area, no pay offer whatsoever from TfL and members being denied the representatives of their choice plus we already have to suffer the disgraceful 'OCP' scenario where we can be made compulsory redundant.

Press Release TSSA

Please see attached press release by TSSA and UNISON. The quotes from Gerry Doherty (TSSA) and Dave Prentis (UNISON) are a bit rich considering that in this area they have been in the process of shedding jobs since September 2008! Hundreds have already gone without a mention from these General Secretaries. Why the interest now?

TSSA News Release 8 June 2009 Tfl wastes millions on consultants while thousands face sack UNISON and the TSSA today slammed TfL for wasting millions on consultants while attempting to fill a £2.4billion budget black hole by sacking thousands of staff.

Meeting: Jobs, Pay and Justice!

Venue: Friends House, Euston Road

  • hear the industrial action ballot result
  • plan for effective industrial action
  • hear reports from your union’s negotiators
  • ask questions
  • join the discussion
    Show your support for RMT’s fight for jobs, pay and justice!


  • Oliver New, RMT National Executive
  • Janine Booth, RMT Regional Council Secretary
  • Steve Hedley, RMT Regional Organiser
  • Andy Littlechild, Chair, RMT LU Engineering branch
  • Plus a guest speaker opposing Post Office privatisation
    Chair: Vaughan Thomas, RMT Regional Council President

    Click '1 attachment'/file name to download a leaflet advertising the meeting. Please distribute widely.

  • Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2009, Redundancies – TfL

    From RMT official circular IR/152/09, dated 7th May 2009

    Dear Colleague,

    As with LUL it was decided not to use the ‘YES’ vote returned by members as a result of the challenge we had received. We have now had the opportunity to check the details we send to management and are to re-ballot TfL members.

    As with LUL the issues remain the same and I list these below for ease of reference.

    RMT to re-ballot 10,000 Tube and TfL workers over jobs, pay and breaches of agreements

    RMT press release, issued today

    THE TUBE’S biggest union is to re-ballot nearly 10,000 members across London Underground and Transport for London for strike action in separate disputes centred on jobs, pay and breaches of disciplinary and attendance agreements.

    The re-run of the strike ballots follows a provocative legal challenge by LUL to ballots last month, which nonetheless showed a rock-solid five-to-one majority in favour of action.

    TfL No.1 Branch Newsletter (April 2009)

    April 2009 TfL No.1 BRANCH April 2009


    Despite the overwhelming majority voting for industrial action to force management into meaningful talks on both pay and job cuts, London Underground (LUL) have threatened to silence the membership by having its lawyers use legal loopholes contained in the anti-trade union laws to deny the democratic right to take action.

    The RMT will not allow its members to be treated in this way, and will now re-ballot with a campaign for an even bigger majority 'YES' vote. TfL members will also re-ballot to maintain unity throughout any action.

    Ballot Result - Jobs, Pay and Justice Disputes - LUL and TfL


    Q1 Are you prepared to take strike action?

    Number Voting Yes 3,165 Number Voting No 619

    Q2 Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

    Number Voting Yes 3,495 Number Voting No 266


    Q1 Are you prepared to take strike action?

    Number Voting Yes 71 Number Voting No 15

    RMT Members on TfL: Vote Yes!

    This leaflet urges RMT members working for TfL to vote Yes in the industrial action ballot over pay and job security. Click '1 attachment'/file name to download it. Read the text below.


    Dear Comrades

    Although this is a situation that may be completely new to a lot of you, because of TfL’s total intransigence on this year’s pay claim and the spectre of thousands of job cuts over the next couple of years, the RMT in support of its members has taken the decision to ballot for industrial action.

    This decision has not been taken lightly. It is the culmination of many branch meetings across TfL, and following management and Trade Union meetings at the company council.

    Why RMT is Balloting for Industrial Action

    From Steve Hedley, Regional Organiser

    Dear brothers sisters and comrades

    We are facing several attacks from the employers right now and we have had requests for strike ballots on no compulsory redundancies, pay, breaking of agreements and failure to carry out meaningful consultation. Having discussed the issues the Council of Executives has agreed that a ballot will be conducted on LUL and coordinated with a ballot on TfL.The issues for the LUL ballot are: