Tube station strike over job cuts crisis begins Sunday

 

STATION STAFFING & SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS, POST-IMPLEMENTATION OF FIT FOR THE FUTURE – LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)

STRIKE ACTION CALLED ON 8TH and 9th JANUARY!

Further to my previous Circular IR/395/16 of 19th December 2016 I want to congratulate members for the solid overtime and rest day working ban. This has left LU with a shortage of cover to fill the gaps left by their slashing staffing levels to the bone. The Fit for the Future – Stations programme is simply not fit for purpose and stations are being chronically understaffed. The solid action being taken by members continues to highlight this unacceptable situation.

A meeting was held just before Christmas  with our LUL representatives to discuss this matter and the National Executive Committee has decided to call all station and revenue members to take further industrial action which is outlined below: -

Station and revenue members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: -

  • 1800 hours on Sunday 8th January 2017 and 1759 hours Monday 9th January 2017

 

For legal reasons we have to suspend the current overtime and rest day ban, non-familiarisation and non rostering of overtime bans just for the duration of the strike.

I urge our stations and revenue members to continue to support the above action to demand that management give their attention to resolving the issues at the heart of this dispute and start to reverse the disastrous cuts to staffing levels. We continue to impress on London Underground that the only way to resolve these issues is to have enough fully-qualified staff on all stations at all times, without having to rely on overtime and rest day working. The ticket office closure programme must also be reversed immediately.

I will of course keep you advised of all developments.

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