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RMT to ballot London Underground Power Control Room staff for action

TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun balloting the underground’s crucial Power Control Room staff for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay grade progression.

In a recent referendum ballot on London Underground’s latest proposals to the staff they were rejected by a vote of 100% and the union is campaigning for a similar rock-solid mandate for industrial action.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

Inflation surge to 5.5% will raise the bar on pay claims

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow has spoken about the latest rise in inflation and how this will affect pay claims for this year.

Crow said “Ahead of tomorrow’s Budget it is crystal clear that the Chancellor and the ConDem Government have a strategy of holding down pay increases while real living costs go through the roof – bullying working people into accepting savage cuts to their standards of living to pay for this banker crisis. RMT will not tolerate that kind of assault on our members.

RMT to Ballot Power Control Room Members for Strikes

General Grades Committee decision:

That following our members’ rejection of London Underground’s offer on grade progression, and following consultation with our representative and with Unite, we instruct the General Secretary to ballot our members in the Power Control Room for strike action and action short of strike. The ballot is to start as soon as possible and to close on Tuesday 5 April.

The Southern Sub-Committee will submit a further report regarding Track Access Control after further consultation.

Pay and Leave Arrangements for Extra Public Holiday

There is to be an extra public holiday this year due to the Royal Wedding. RMT has written to all Train Operating Companies asking their intentions for payment and leave arrangements for our members. Replies have been received from London Underground and Serco Docklands, but neither reply explicitly sets out the pay and leave plans.

RMT's General Grades Committee has referred the issues to its Southern Sub-Committee to get more details so we can respond.

Threat to Withdraw Staff Nominee Travel Facilities

RMT's General Grades Committee decision:

We welcome the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council on this matter, and reaffirm our determination to preserve the right of TfL and London Underground employees to both a staff pass and a nominee pass. We also reaffirm that the fact that an employee may nominate a person who lives at the same address as them for a nominee pass, regardless of their personal relationship with them, is progressive and egalitarian, and we will defend it.

London Underground: RMT Pay Claim 2011

Click '1 attachment' / file name to download RMT's pay claim submitted to London Underground. The first section, the text of which is below, is also being submitted by TSSA and Unite. We hope that this united approach from three of LU's unions will improve our prospects of securing an acceptable offer.

1. A substantial pay award in a one-year deal

Power Control Room / Track Access Control Grade Progression - Referendum Result

RMT General Grades Committee decision, 10 February:

That we note the referendum result for Power Control Room is as follows:-

Total votes cast: 4
Number voting “Yes”: 0
Number voting “No”: 4
Spoilt Papers: 0

That we note the referendum result for TAC is as follows:-

Total votes cast: 3
Number voting “Yes”: 1
Number voting “No”: 2
Spoilt Papers: 0

"Another cutting Tory living the high life"

An interesting article from Labour-left newspaper Tribune (16 December 2010) about the Tory GLA member who is calling for TfL/LU employees' staff and nominee passes to be taken away.

Another cutting Tory living the high life
by David Hencke

Another right-wing Conservative councillor who is calling for firefighters and train drivers in London to be sacked is living a six-figure lifestyle on the taxpayer, Tribune can reveal. Last week, we disclosed that Tory London Fire Brigade chairman Brian Coleman was on £128,000 allowances while living in a subsidised charity housing flat.

Now it has emerged that Gareth Bacon, a London Assembly Member and ally of Mr Coleman, is receiving more than £76,000 a year in council allowances for four jobs at the London Assembly, London fire authority and on Conservative controlled Bexley Council. Only his job as chairman of the LFB’s performance management committee is unpaid as he cannot claim the £5,329 a year extra because he is an Assembly member.

Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2010: London Overground Rail Operations Ltd

RMT official circular

Following our acceptance of the Company’s pay offer in April 2010, a supplementary offer was tabled by the Company for Station Grades. This has now been considered by the General Grades Committee that has taken the following decision:-

“That we note the report from the Regional Organiser on proposals for a supplementary agreement for Station Assistants and Station Assistant GPRs on LOROL.

Alstom pay and conditions referendum result

The referendum for Alstom Metro Trains Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service has now concluded, the matter has now been considered by the General Grades Committee and the following decision has been taken:-

“That we note the result of the referendum ballot as follows Total Votes Cast 73 Number Voting Yes 46 Number Voting No 27 Spoilt 0