Coronavirus

Read the latest information from the RMT about our response and organising during the Coronavirus crisis.

National Executive Committee sets out measures to be taken during Coronavirus crisis

17th March 2020 

Dear Colleague,

Covid 19 - RMT Update 
With reference to the above, a Special Meeting of the NEC was convened today and the following decisions have been made which I will ask that you read carefully. I can also advise that the attached list of key concerns have been relayed to the government following a telephone conference with government officials and I will also keep you advised of developments in this area. 

Covid 19 - We will provide an essential service but we must be protected & respected

ABM Cleaners Victory

Winning sick pay at the full shift rate for ABM cleaners isolating or sick with Covid 19 is an important safeguard for those members and for everyone working on our tube network. But there are other sub-contractors and self-employed workers working on the tube network and they need the same protection.

When RMT met LUL directors on 16/3/20 we put a number of demands to them. This included the need for sick pay for cleaners but also many other points.

Coronovirus: growing sense of anger amongst tube staff

13/03/20 RMT joins other tube unions in demand for urgent top level meeting as coronavirus fears deepen TUBE UNION RMT today joined with other LU unions in a call for urgent talks at top level as members raise fears across the job about a lack of leadership and a sense of inertia at both national and regional level that is leaving union members feeling abandoned and without proper support and guidance as the coronavirus spreads.

Coronovirus: Is privatisation of Tube cleaning compromising passenger safety?

RMT says London Mayor’s coronavirus transport cleaning announcement is completely inadequate

TUBE UNION RMT says that the London Mayor’s coronavirus transport cleaning announcement today is completely inadequate and calls into question the decision to privatise tube cleaning.

Responding to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s statement, RMT General Mick Cash said:

“The New York subway, where cleaning is done by directly employed staff in the public sector, will be deep-cleaned every three days, according to a recent announcement.