ISS, Initial And Carlisle Cleaning & Security Members To Take Industrial Action

Circular from General Secretary Bob Crow
IMPROVING PAY & CONDITIONS – CARLISLE CLEANING & SECURITY (DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY) (DLR/10/1)

I write to advise branches that following the recent yes vote in favour of industrial action, the company agreed to a seven day extension to our ballot and further talks took place. However no agreement has been reached, the General Grades Committee has now considered this matter and has taken the following decision: -

“We note our Regional Organiser’s report, and the failure of the employer to meet the just demands of our security, travelsafe and cleaning members on this contract. We instruct all members on this contract to:

  • take industrial action short of strike action by working to rule on Wednesday 28 November
  • take strike action by not booking on for any duties starting at or after 05:30 on Thursday 29 November and to return to duties starting at or after 05:30 on Saturday 1 December.

We further instruct the General Secretary to:

  • send a personal letter by post to all members involved, explaining this action.
  • email our members on Serco Docklands, urging their support for this action.

Any developments to be placed in front of us.

We refer to the Council of Executives the issue of payments from the Disputes Fund for these members. Regional Councils and branches to be advised.”

This matter was subsequently again considered by the General Grades Committee for clarification, and has taken the following decision:-

“Further to our decision earlier today, we clarify our industrial action instruction as follows

We instruct our members on this contract to take industrial action short of strike action by not reporting for duty until their official start time, fur duties starting between 00:01 and 23:59 on Wednesday 28th November.

The strike action starting on Thursday 29 November is as stated in our previous decision.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised”

I am currently acting in accordance with the above decision.



RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE – 2011 – INITIAL (LU CONTRACT) (BR1/0001/I)

Branches are advised that the above matter has been considered by the General Grades Committee which has made the following decision:-

“We instruct all members on this contract to take strike action by not booking on for any duties starting at or after 05:30 on Friday 30 November and to return to duties starting at or after 05:30 on Sunday 2 December.

We instruct the General Secretary to:

  • send a personal letter by post to all members involved, explaining this action.
  • email our London Underground members, urging their support for this action.

We further note that an eve-of-strike rally will be held at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London at 7pm on Thursday 29 November. We instruct the General Secretary to publicise this widely, including by:

  • email and text messages to every member in London and the surrounding area
  • inviting every TUC-affiliated trade union and asking them to advertise it to their members
  • inviting every Trades Council in London and the surrounding area
  • inviting supportive campaigning and political groups
  • using social networking

We instruct the General Secretary to arrange for the production and appropriate distribution of stickers, JUSTICE FOR TRANSPORT CLEANERS - SUPPORT RMT STRIKES.

We instruct the General Secretary to closely monitor and report any potentially unlawful use of agencies during this and other cleaners' strikes; and to draft a letter to agency workers encouraging them not to be used to undermine strikes.

We refer to the Council of Executives the issue of payments from the Disputes Fund for these members.

Regional Councils and branches to be advised.”

I am currently acting in accordance with the above decision.


RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE – 2012 – ISS (LONDON UNDERGROUND) (BR1/0001/) (ISS (LU)

Branches are advised that the above matter has been considered by the General Grades Committee which has made the following decision:-

“We instruct all members on this contract to take strike action by not booking on for any duties starting at or after 05:30 on Friday 30 November and to return to duties starting at or after 05:30 on Sunday 2 December.

We instruct the General Secretary to:

  • send a personal letter by post to all members involved, explaining this action.
  • email our London Underground members, urging their support for this action.

We note that several other cleaning workforces are campaigning for better pay and conditions, including at the British Museum, Barbican, Tower of London, John Lewis and University of London. We instruct the General Secretary to contact the unions involved, with a view to co-ordination and mutual support.

We instruct the General Secretary to arrange for a short film to be made of the strike action on all contracts, including footage of rallies, pickets, and cleaners speaking about their conditions. This is to be shown on RMTv and promoted via YouTube and other social media.

We refer to the Council of Executives the issue of payments from the Disputes Fund for these members.

Regional Councils and branches to be advised.”

I am currently acting in accordance with the above decision.

What is a National Executive Committee decision?

This article is an 'executive decision' which has been written by the RMT National Executive Committee. The National Executive is the union's governing body in between AGMs. Its decisions set out what the union will do on a particular issue.

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