Dangerous Waves

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Connect Radio: The Risks to your Health and Safety

Most lines are now fitted with the all-singing, all-dancing, new shiny Connect radios; 8 years late and god know how much over budget! There are 2 concerns your Trains Health and Safety Council reps have about this system: one is the move to Phase 2, which will see drivers take authority to pass signals at danger over the radio, and the other is the TETRA waves associated with the radio system.

Cross Track Projection (XTP) Fiasco

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Members may have already heard of Cross Track Projection or XTP as they like to call it. If you haven’t, you will soon. These are the large projector screens that have been installed, firstly on the Victoria Line, and now on the Bakerloo Line. They will be coming to a location near you soon.

Instructor Operator Review

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Management have recently given the union draft proposals to review and change the way Instructor operators are recruited and managed and have proposed some important changes to the role which the Union has made objections to. The key change is that they are suggesting a two tier structure going back to the road trainer idea and a "super I/O" who will be off the roster and no longer doing driving as their main job.

Competence Assurance?

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Another component of the new rulebook (guidelines!) is the introduction of the Competence assurance programme. This is being introduced to phase out the TD1 and TD2 system and instead we are going to have competence assessor DMTs (I know - a contradiction in terms!) who roam the system anonymously making sure we can drive trains and assessing things like making announcements and braking properly, etc over a two year period. Sneaky, huh!

Bakerloo LGBT News - August 2008

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Happy London and Brighton Pride!

July saw two of the biggest and best Pride events to date.. London Pride and Brighton Pride.. the RMT were present at both, flying the flag proving that we are as diverse as every other company or employer....

To All Duty Managers

Time To Talk?

Your union sat down with the senior management, held meetings and negotiated the ‘Heads of Agreement’, which states: ‘Rosters will be presented by the centurion manager that meet operational requirements, determine required resources and comply with the Framework of Agreements. If, following line and local discussion the original roster cannot be agreed then alternative compliant rosters will be produced by duty managers and agreed by an appropriate proportion of staff.’

It also states:

Timescale for Pay Campaign

The Regional Council meeting on Thursday 29 May 2008 unanimously adopted the following resolution from Stratford no.1 branch ...

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This Regional Council believes that our campaign for next year's LUL pay claim starts now. We believe that the first stage is to conduct a democratic debate as to what our claim should be. We therefore resolve that:

  • RMT LUL branches should discuss what they think the claim should be at their meetings in June and/or July and forward proposals to the Regional Council.

Stratford no.1 branch minutes, 11th July 2007

Minutes of branch meeting, 11th July 2007, The George, 17:00

Attendance: Terry O’Neill, Chris Bluett, Rob Crowhurst, Dave Dean, Nino Meriano, Richard Loomes, John Latona, Martin Bell, Adrian Finney, Dave Pittman, Steve Rice, Kay Shatford, Brian Witham, Ash Malik, Nicola Higgins, Richard Millhouse, Allan Thomson, Mohammad Mujahid, Alan Deabill, Gary Weston, Den Fitzpatrick, Steve Read, John McConville, Rahim Faily, Janine Booth (taking minutes), Unjum Mirza (in the chair)

Guests: Jim McDaid (Bakerloo line branch), Steve Hedley (LU Engineering branch)