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Upfront Train Drivers' Newsletter Mid July 2015

Upfront is the regular newsletter for London Underground train drivers. Please download it and distribute it in your depot. In this edition: Unions In Unity - Time For a Good Deal Congratulations to members of all grades in all unions who took strike action last week. The support was outstanding, and the effect on the service devastating. We are now firmly in the driving seat as negotiations reopen.

New London Calling - poster for workplaces

Please display on union noticeboards and around your workplace Hard copies are available from Unity House ASLEF, RMT, TSSA, UNITE - Unity delivers total shutdown We won’t accept imposition of rosters that destroy work/life balance Latest offer is insult to all grades All four unions, in solidarity, will win a decent settlement United Action Can Win RMT is demanding:

  • No member should be forced to work more nights or weekends than on current rosters. Volunteers who agree to work extra nights or weekends to be given additional time off.

RMT Announces Further Tube Strike Action

Tube union RMT confirmed that members across London Underground will be taking strike action from 1830 hours on Wednesday 5th August to 1829 hours on Thursday 6th August. The on-going overtime ban, which has already severely impacted on staff availability to run services, also continues.

The strike times for driver members will run slightly later, between 21.00 on 5th August to 20.59 on 6th August.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

Support The Tube Overtime Ban

All London Underground members are congratulated for the hugely successful strike action which took place across the network during Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July. Now, while RMT remains available for further talks with London Underground, all members are urged to continue to take part in the overtime ban and to REFUSE TO WORK ANY OVERTIME.

Fresh ACAS Talks Follow Tube Shut Down

This morning I have been in contact with John Woods at ACAS. He has advised me that ACAS are writing to all the unions today involved in the current disputes at LUL (that are at ACAS level) and inviting us to talks about process (talks about talks) as a first step, starting tomorrow at 10.00.

I have accepted this invitation and confirmed that we will attend. This is a multi layered situation with both disputes connected, especially on station staff rosters.

RMT Congratulates All Tube Workers On Solid Action

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has saluted the tube workforce for solid, united and determined dtrike action and demanded that LU return to serious negotiations.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"RMT congratulates the 20,000 members of all four tube unions who have stood united, solid and determined today and who have shown the world that ‎you can stand and fight for workplace justice if you are organised and strong. They are a credit to the entire trade union movement.

A Time Line Of The Night Tube Dispute

Night Tube was first announced in October 2013 at the same time as London Underground bosses and Tory mayor Boris Johnson announced plans for massive cuts to the tube and the closure of every ticket office.

The RMT has held the position since day one that we are willing to discuss any increase in Tube services. In this official union decision in November 2013 we made our position clear:

"This union is willing to discuss any proposals to extend the services offered to our passengers – including all-night running – so long as these are done safely and do not involve loss of jobs or worsening of working conditions for our members."

RMT Willing To Discuss Any Extension To Tube Services Including All Night Running

In September 2014, the date that London Underground plan to launch Night Tube was announced, but still bosses hadn't agreed with the workers via their unions how it would be staffed.

Leaflet For The Public: Why We Are Striking

You can download the leaflet at the end of this article

Our action is in response to the impact of a £4.2bn cuts programme imposed by the Government and Mayor of London. All four Unions are united with members voting overwhelmingly for strike action, with 90% plus yes votes and turnouts of over 50% (markedly better than the Tory Governments 24% share of the eligible voters in the General Election).

Jeremy Corbyn MP Calls For Withdrawal of Imposition Of Night Tube

Labour MP and leadership candidate Jermy Corbyn has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on "the Mayor to withdraw the imposition of night working on tube workers and instead seek agreement with their trade unions on proper and safe staffing levels and working arrangements."

The EDM - which are used to draw attention to campaigns or publicise an MP's views - details the affect shift work can have on physical and mental health, and highlights concern that Night Tube is being rushed in at a time when hundreds of jobs face the axe.