Trains Health & Safety Council newsletter

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RMT Regional Organisation Conference 29/8/08

The following is a report of the organisational conference on 29 August requested by branches and facilitated by the Region.

The day began with a general assessment of some recent disputes, including those involving TfL, Metronet, Tubelines, and the fight against Casualisation within LUL, with a view to establishing what the union did well and where it did badly.

Positives

Minutes of RMT London Transport Regional Council meeting, August 2008

APOLOGIES: Peacock, Harris, Gandolfi, Haughian, Littlechild

ATTENDANCE

  • Bakerloo
  • Camden - O’Brien, Reid, Vickers
  • Central Line West - Thomas, Parmar
  • DLR -
  • East Ham - Izard, Baillie
  • Finsbury Park - Watson, Jowcham, Rayfield, O’Hanlon, Kelly, Reid, Cochrane, Murr
  • LU fleet -
  • Hammersmith & City - Pinnock
  • Jubilee S. & East London - Aitken, Gwynn
  • LU Engineering - Darby, Jackson
  • Morden & Oval -
  • Neasden - Eivers, Wood
  • Picc & Dist West - Sutton, Martin, Pugh, Hodgson, New, Vyas
  • Retired - Richardson
  • Stratford - Mirza

DLR Recruitment Day Success

On Thursday 31 July, RMT’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) branch held a recruitment day. Les Sime (branch chair) reports ...

First of all, we would like to thank the members of the regional council for attending our first ever recruitment day - Bros Hedley, O’Dowd, Hodgson, Rayfield and Pottage, and Sisters Siddall and Booth.

The Fightback Has Begun

Now we must co-ordinate the action Come to the meeting: 19 August, 6.30pm Friends House, Euston Road, opposite Euston station Speakers: Bob Crow, and reps from all the disputes

By Steve Hedley, RMT London Transport Regional Council Secretary

Massive congratulations are in order for the RMT members who have organised effective strike action recently.

Regional Council newsletter August 2008: The Fightback Has Begun

August's issue of the Regional Council newsletter reports on the various groups of workers fighting back around the region; welcomes our victory in defeating ticket office closures; tells readers about the effective recruitment day on the Docklands Light Railway; asks for your support to stop the privatisation of Tyne & Wear Metro; asks what next for revenue control?; advertises our upcoming conference on industrial disputes; and provides a 'know your rights' guide for LUL staff about medical appointments.

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Know Your Rights: Medical Appointments - a guide for London Underground staff

If you have a medical appointment, how should you and your manager deal with it?

  • You are supposed to arrange the appointment outside your working hours if possible. But the company accepts that it is not always possible.
  • If the appointment takes you out of only part of your shift, you should get paid special leave.
  • If the appointment takes you out of your whole shift and you have not been able to arrange cover, you may have to take annual leave; if that’s not possible (eg. if you have run out of annual leave entitlement), you should get paid special leave.

Making Our Disputes More Effective

Supported RMT’s campaigns and industrial action over recent years? Thought the union did some things OK but some things less well? Come to our conference on Friday 29 August in the King’s Cross area to discuss with other union members how we can make current and future struggles more effective.