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)

Victoria Line dispute: Progress so far not acceptable

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the letter from London Underground dated 27 May 2011 on this matter. Its content is not acceptable to our representatives, and by its own admission, it does not address all of our concerns. We continue to believe that there are serious safety concerns on the Victoria Line, and reaffirm our industrial action short of strikes.

We note that a further meeting with the company is to take place on this issue on 23 June. A report on this meeting is to be placed in front of us as soon as possible after this meeting.

Signals Grade Progression: RMT Responds to LU

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the correspondence from London Underground.

It is disingenuous of LU to complain that this union has not used the ‘agreed machinery’ when during the period referred to there was no agreed machinery due to LUL’s withdrawal from it. Despite this, our reps have tried to maintain good industrial relations.

Furthermore, despite LUL’s claims, there are no agreed minutes available yet and our representatives have been requesting a director level meeting to discuss this matter.

New Strike Dates for Arwyn

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That following London Underground’s refusal to even discuss re-employing Arwyn Thomas and the GGC’s decision of 23rd May 2011, we call strike action as follows: -

All London Underground Train Driver Members are further instructed not to book on for any duty that commences: -

  • Between 21.01 hours on Sunday 19th June 2011 and 03.00 hours on Monday 20th June 2011.

Referendum accept Track Access Control grade progression offer

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the referendum/ballot result is as follows:-

Total votes cast...................10
Number voting “Yes”............9
Number voting “No”..............1
Spoilt Papers.........................0

We congratulate our members for taking a firm stance and achieving a far better deal than was originally offered.

Therefore we instruct the General Secretary to inform the Company of our acceptance of the improved offer.

Further a personal letter to be sent to all members involved.

Victimisation Dispute: Latest GGC Decision

That we refer this matter back to our Southern Sub Committee for further examination and report and direct the Southern Sub Committee to trigger action in order to maintain the ballot for industrial action mandate and also positively explore the possibility of laying down industrial action on 30 June 2011 that runs in parallel with the day of action being planned by some other public sector Unions – this decision to support the clearly stated intention of this Union to attempt to co-ordinate industrial action for the maximum effect.

RMT Rejects Latest LU Pay Offer

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the revised offer from London Underground. Whilst it shows a slight improvement, this offer is still below inflation, does not adequately address our claims for improved conditions, and remains a five-year offer. It therefore falls well short of settlements we have achieved on some other companies, and of our claim for a one-year deal of a substantial increase in pay and improved conditions. We also note that London Underground has confirmed that this is not its final offer.

DLR: Bike Storage and Showers

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the response from Serco Docklands [telling us what facilities they have for bike storage and showers]. We instruct the General Secretary to write to our branch asking whether members believe that these provisions are adequate. The response to be placed in front of us.

London Underground Refuses to Reinstate Arwyn Thomas: RMT to Step Up Action

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we are appalled that following the agreement we reached with London Underground last week, LU has instructed its lawyers not to discuss re-employing Arwyn Thomas, and instead to discuss only a financial settlement.

This is despite an Employment Tribunal having awarded Arwyn interim relief, finding that he was unfairly dismissed due to his trade union activities and asking LU to reinstate him. The only way to put right the injustice of Arwyn's dismissal is to reverse it, by Arwyn returning to work as a London Underground driver.

RMT Stations Reps to Discuss Job Cuts Reviews

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note that London Underground has agreed to release all our stations representatives - industrial relations and health and safety - to attend a meeting to discuss the reviews of the Operational Strategic Plan (OSP: job cuts) on May 24, and that the meeting will take place at the Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Square from 10:00 until 17:00.

We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that:

  • all representatives are advised by post of this meeting and that they are expected to attend