As Tube Bosses Consider Running Stations By Ipad, RMT Considers Strike Action

We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd, and its failure to give the assurance we sought that it will not close or cut the opening hours of any of its ticket offices.

We further note that the correspondence from LUL states that it will soon begin ‘sharing its ideas’ for the future. This suggests that LUL will soon announce cuts to station staffing, including ticket offices. LUL’s Managing Director has been describing plans to have station staff carrying iPads, with which they can monitor other stations which are left unstaffed. This is a nightmare scenario for station staff, for passengers and for London Underground staff in other grades who rely on station staff support.

Together with attacks on maintenance frequencies and fleet jobs, planned job cuts in service control and refusal to rule out driverless trains, this constitutes a wholesale attack on London Underground jobs and services. It is no coincidence that it is being accompanied by an attendance and discipline clampdown, attacks on our pensions, and the widespread use of agencies instead of directly-employed staff. RMT will resist these attacks with all means at our disposal, up to and including industrial action.

We instruct the General Secretary to:

  • advise London Underground Ltd that this union is in dispute with LUL on this matter.
  • obtain and place on file the evidence given by LUL to the GLA Transport Committee on Wednesday 16 October on this matter
  • send a personal letter to all LUL members about this issue, explaining how it affects members in the various grades and functions
  • merge this file with LUL/14/10 ATTACKS ON STATION SUPERVISION – LONDON UNDERGROUND to create a file named DEFENDING STATION STAFF AND TICKET OFFICES – LONDON UNDERGROUND
  • urgently obtain from the London Transport Regional Council and all branches with London Underground members a detailed plan for visiting all LU workplaces and building for this dispute
  • collate whatever information is available from our representatives and the company on likely timescales and announcements
  • hold a major indoor rally in defence of London Underground jobs and services before the end of November
  • refer this matter to the Southern Sub Committee for further examination and report, including on options for industrial action.

London Transport Regional Council, branches and all LUL representatives to be advised.

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.

These decisions can often be brief, and may be one of several passed over a period of time. To get a better understanding or find out more information about what the RMT is doing, speak to your rep or attend your branch or Regional Council meeting.

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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.

These decisions can often be brief, and may be one of several passed over a period of time. To get a better understanding or find out more information about what the RMT is doing, speak to your rep or attend your branch or Regional Council meeting.