RMT press releases

RMT to protest at Israeli Embassy in support of sacked Arab rail workers

MEMBERS OF Britain’s largest rail union, RMT, will be taking a protest over the dismissal of 40 Israeli Arab rail workers to the steps of the Israeli Embassy at 1pm on Monday 11th May.

The protest will draw attention to the decision of Israel Railways to change its employment terms so that only Israeli army veterans will now be employed as lookouts at level crossings to prevent collisions between trains and vehicles. The current Arab workforce are exempt from national service and as a consequence have now been handed redundancy notices by Israel Railways.

RMT to re-ballot 10,000 Tube and TfL workers over jobs, pay and breaches of agreements

RMT press release, issued today

THE TUBE’S biggest union is to re-ballot nearly 10,000 members across London Underground and Transport for London for strike action in separate disputes centred on jobs, pay and breaches of disciplinary and attendance agreements.

The re-run of the strike ballots follows a provocative legal challenge by LUL to ballots last month, which nonetheless showed a rock-solid five-to-one majority in favour of action.

RMT Victoria Line strike “rock solid” in dispute over safety and bullying

RMT press release, issued today ...

The RMT said today that the 24 hour strike on the Victoria Line, starting at 9pm this evening, is “rock solid” after management refused last minute talks to resolve the dispute over passenger door safety and the bullying and victimization of RMT members.

LUL confirmed in announcements to commuters at main terminals this morning that the Victoria Line will be closed down from tonight and RMT expects a knock on effect over health and safety concerns that will impact on the Picadilly Line.

Victoria Strike action!!!

Press Release

RMT to strike on Victoria Line this week over door-opening safety issues and bullying of staff

RMT train operators working out of the Seven Sisters depot, covering the Victoria Line, will be on strike from 21.00 hours Tuesday 21 April to 20.59 hours Wednesday 22 April in a dispute over the failure to install Correct Door Side Enabling Equipment and the continuing bullying, harassment and victimization of RMT members.

RMT members voted overwhelmingly for the 24 hours of action on four key areas of dispute:

Major Pay Victory on London Overground

RMT press release, issued today ...

Workers on London Overground are to receive a 20% average increase in wages after the successful conclusion of negotiations with the RMT.

RMT members had given their negotiators a massive 10-1 mandate for strike action in the run up to the talks which was a clear reflection of their anger over feeling unrewarded and undervalued for many years.

RMT outrage as ‘shameful and undemocratic’ legal challenge forces rerun of Tube strike ballot

Press release

LONDON UNDERGROUND’S biggest union today expressed outrage at a ‘shameful and undemocratic’ legal challenge by Tube bosses that has forced the re-run of a strike ballot of more than 9,000 RMT members – despite it yielding a five-to-one majority for action.

RMT today said it would re-run the ballot on the same issues of jobs and pay as soon as possible after the union received a detailed legal letter designed purely to undermine the ballot and as a preliminary to a court challenge.

People’s Charter for Change

PRESS RELEASE – STRICT EMBARGO 00.001 WEDNESDAY 11th MARCH
Poll Proves People want Change and New Priorities

An exclusive poll commissioned for the launch of the People’s Charter for Change at the House of Commons on Wednesday 11th at 10.30 has shown that people across the country are demanding a new set of priorities to deal with the present economic crisis.

London Underground needs to end damaging cuts

ENDING DAMAGING staff cuts, bringing all of London’s Tube back into the public sector and getting the network’s upgrade back on track are more important than the name on the managing director’s door, London Underground’s biggest union said today.

Responding to news that LUL chief Tim O’Toole was stepping down, RMT said that the damaging policies being imposed on the network needed to be reversed.

London Overground staff to be balloted over breakdown in Industrial relations

RMT press release, issued today

NEARLY 300 members of Britain’s biggest rail union working for London Overground are to be balloted for strike action over a breakdown of industrial relations.

The dispute involves a complex of issues, including failure to negotiate seriously on restructuring proposals, failure to improve facilities and progress other welfare issues, and failure to confirm verbal assurances that new trains would be staffed by guards with full operational safety role and control of doors.