S Stock dispute

<img src="http://www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/files/s-stock-dispute-logo_0.png" align="right" hspace="5" width="120px" vspace="5px">There are several issues on the 'sub surface railway' - the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, and Circle lines - related to the introduction of new S stock trains. These issues are the reduction in train preparation time, cross-line working, training and the lack of 'Defective In Service Instruction' - the DISI book. A ballot for Industrial action short of strike was announced in an executive decision on the 18th of April.

Industrial Action Called Across London Underground

Strike action ballots return strong yes votes from ISS cleaners, drivers on the Piccadilly and sub surface depots, and maintenance workers on TfL contract with Mitie

RMT today confirmed a ballot for strike action of Train Operators and Instructor Operators on the Piccadilly Line, in response to London Underground riding roughshod over agreements and abusing a range of agreed policies and procedures, has shown a massive nine to one vote in favour.

Reports To London Transport Regional Council Meeting April 2013

At this month's London Transport Regional Council Meeting, reports were given by our Executive member Janine Booth and Regional Organiser John Leach.

These are just notes of the areas discussed - to find out more, have a look through this site, speak to your local rep and do your best to attend branch meetings and the LTRC meeting which is held on the last Thursday of each month except June and December.

Meeting Agenda

Sub Surface Lines Tube Drivers To Be Balloted For Industrial Action

We note the report from our Regional Organiser and the correspondence from our Hammersmith and City branch and our LUL Trains Council representatives.

We note that there are several serious problems concerning the introduction of the S Stock, itemised in previous GGC decisions and including inadequate preparation time and cross-line working. We reaffirm our stance that the introduction of new stock must not be a pretext for attacks on safety standards or working conditions.

Executive Decisions Regarding Tube 'Machinary Of Negotiation' Review

Our Ref: LUL/0005

2nd April 2013


Dear Colleagues,


Please find below copy of General Grades Committee decisions relating to the above matter, including merged files, up until 20th February 2013.

RMT In Dispute As LUL Tries To Change Rules With Introduction Of New Trains

We note the report from our Trains Council representatives, and note the following issues regarding
London Underground’s new S stock:

  • the inadequate time allowance for the drivers’ train preparation
  • cross-line working by C&H drivers on the Metropolitan line under the new timetable to be introduced in May
  • the removal of train maintenance at Hammersmith depot and the impact of this on train movement
  • the length of time between drivers being trained and actually driving the new trains
  • the absence of Defective In Service Instructions (DISI) for the S stock

RMT Believes LULs Upgrade Programme Used As A Pretext To Attack Jobs

Further to our decision Gww 8/1/13, we note the report from our representatives' meeting held on 25 January.

We note that London Underground's Upgrades programme has a significant impact on many of our members, including providing a pretext for LUL management to attack jobs and conditions. It is therefore essential that we mobilise all our relevant representatives to work together in unity to secure the best possible outcome for our members and for the future of London Underground.

RMT In Dispute With LUL Over Time Allowed For Drivers To Prepare Trains

Further to our decision Gww 18/12/12, we note the report from our representatives' meeting held on 25 January 2013.

We agree that since the method of detrainment on the Metropolitan line has altered, there should therefore be a retiming exercise, and instruct the General Secretary to obtain a report on our representatives' progress in ensuring that this takes place.

February 2013 Regional Council Executive Report & Motions Passed

This report of the February RMT London Transport Regional Council meeting has notes from our Executive Member Janine Booth's report, and the motions passed at the meeting. For more information please use the links to relevant articles where they are provided or speak to your local rep. You can also contact us for more details.

Job Cuts: What's Happening Where You Work?

This is the first part of a two part article taken from our newsletter on fighting job cuts. You can download it from here or request copies here

LUL management’s actions are creating problems for staff in all functions. RMT will be producing a series of leaflets giving detail, information and advice for members in each area. Here is a summary:

Station staff have been hammered since OSP slashed staffing level. Even if some posts are restored, management’s plan is to stretch us further and work us even harder.
To prepare for this, management are leaving duties uncovered, vacancies unfilled and station unstaffed, and repeatedly try to get staff to work outside the rules.