RMT To Ballot For Action Short Of Strike At LU As Union Believes Use Of Under-Trained Volunteers During Olympics Risks Safety


We note the report from our Regional Organiser, and reiterate our opposition to the counting of ICSAs towards minimum staffing numbers for stations, as this:

  • puts passengers and staff at risk by putting the safe running of stations in the hands of minimally-trained volunteers
  • is dangerous at all times, but especially during periods of heavy congestion eg the Olympics
  • breaches the settlement of our Casualisation dispute in 2008
  • undermines the role of station staff and therefore threatens future staffing levels and job security.

We instruct the General Secretary to

  • immediately conduct a ballot for action short of strikes of all members employed by London Underground, to close by Thursday 19 July at the latest
  • send a personal letter to all members involved, by post, explaining the issue and urging them to vote Yes
  • immediately carry out any outstanding instructions from our decision of Friday 15 June
  • seek urgent talks on this matter with Transport for London, which is asking its employees to volunteer as ICSAs.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.

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