RMT Executive decisions

Decisions of RMT's Council of Executives, and of RMT's General Grades Committee (the section of the Council of Executives which deals with industrial matters for railway and other non-shipping grades)

Thales Reps' Elections

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we welcome the verbal report from our Branch Secretary that the elections to the vacant representatives’ positions have now taken place to the satisfaction of our branch. We note, however, that elections for health and safety representatives are outstanding, and instruct the General Secretary to pursue this with the employer.

RMT Demands Recognition in TfL Taxi Engagement Policy

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the resolution from our London Taxis branch and accept the sentiments expressed in it. London taxi drivers face many important issues, and this union should have the right to represent our members’ views on these issues through the TfL Taxi Engagement Policy. We therefore demand that the Taxi Engagement Policy recognise RMT, as it does other organisations, as a bona fide representative body of taxi drivers.

We therefore instruct the General Secretary to:

RMT Vows to Fight Bombardier Job Cuts

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We condemn Bombardier’s plan to cut hundreds of jobs at its Derby plant, with 446 job cuts already notified with the total probably to rise to 1400. These job cuts follow the decision by the Government not to award the Thameslink contract to Bombardier, will cause further job losses in Bombardier’s supply chain, and will be a devastating blow to Derby and its surrounding area.

Bombardier’s Derby plant should be brought into public ownership (as should the whole railway industry), to protect jobs, services and train manufacturing.

RMT to Consult on Workers' and Passengers' Charter for London

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the resolution from our Supervisory, Clerical & Other Salaried Grades Conference [see below] and the sentiments expressed within.

We endorse its objections to the ways in which passengers are ripped off by the ticketing system and left without adequate assistance by companies’ cuts in staffing levels and ticket office opening hours.

Electronic Communications - London Underground

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We share the concerns of some of our representatives that these guidelines may lead to unfair disciplinary action, and may compromise the ability of union members and representatives to correspond with each other in confidence, for example regarding sensitive personal cases.

We therefore instruct the General Secretary to obtain advice as to the legality of these guidelines, and to place the advice in front of us once received.

London Transport Regional Council and branches with London Underground members to be advised.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday Pay and Leave - London Underground

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note that TfL granted to London Underground employees a day’s leave in addition to contractual annual leave entitlement, and confirmed that arrangements for the additional public holiday were the same as for other public holidays. We further note that none of our branches have raised any complaints or issues regarding this. We therefore close this file.

Privilege Travel - TfL / London Underground

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note that our members have faced stealth increases in charges for family members who have privilege travel entitlements, and note our previous decision to raise this issue with management in order to secure the return of previous arrangements.

We note the report from our Regional Organiser and accept his recommendation that this issue be included in our pay and conditions claim to TfL in 2012. We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this happens.