RMT in dispute with Interserve on London Underground over reorganisation

Further to my previous Circular (IR/144/16, 19th May 2016), a further meeting took place with the Company to discuss the reorganisation of Interserve’s LUL stations contract, which Interserve stated is due to an LUL directive which will affect all grades in Station Cleaning.
The Lead Officer submitted a report and the matter has been considered by the National Executive Committee, which has taken the decision to declare a dispute situation as the Company has failed to give the required assurances to protect members’ pay and terms and conditions. The Company also gave no response to our demand that this whole project is halted as RMT finds the proposals completely unacceptable, specifically including the following points:-

  • Day Cleaners on outer stations being removed and relocated to central London stations.
  • Merging stations so that one Cleaner can cover up to 4 stations.
  • As part of an overall ‘removal’ of 1665 hours of day cleaning from the contract, Cleaners’ hours of employment could be reduced by up to 12 hours per week with dire consequences for their standard of living.
  • Significant changes to starting and finishing times.

The Company has now been advised that a dispute situation exists over this issue and I will keep you advised of all further developments.