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Upgrade News September 2020

Upgrade News has all the latest information on the 4LM upgrade for London Underground drivers.

In this edition:

  • Signal Migration Areas Update
  • Training for SMA 3
  • RMT: All Grades United For Safety
  • CBTC new route training 
  • Service Control comms to T/Ops when change of braking capacity
  • New seat cushion trial

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Trains H&S update: maintain social distancing

- This update is taken from the attached notice. Please print it out and display it in your depot.

STICK TO 2 METRES

Members should be congratulated on the major efforts that have made to work through the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been a very long 8 months since it all began and is a tribute to all who have adapted to social distancing measures.

As Coronavirus crisis rages on, Tory prime minister calls for driverless tube trains

RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

"It is outrageous for Boris Johnson to wheel out the dangerous nonsense of driverless trains as a condition of the emergency Covid-19 funding of Transport for London. This is the sort of cheap political stunt that was a hallmark of his time as Mayor and we would have hoped he would have grown up by now.

'Zero hours' employment in Tube control rooms unacceptable

USE OF RETIRED STAFF VIA AGENCY CONTRACTS, SERVICE CONTROL - LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/13/2)

I previously advised you that a dispute situation arose when London Underground sought to bring back retired staff in to perform Service Control duties, but on agency terms and conditions and on zero hours contracts (Ref: IR/159/20, 1st May 2020).

4LM Upgrades News, July 2020

4LM Upgrades News has the latest information about the upgrades plans for the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle Lines.

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RMT expresses concern over botched face mask announcement

RMT writes to Grant Shapps warning that requirement for face masks on public transport risks being marred by confusion and conflict.

Transport union RMT has written to the Secretary of State Grant Shapps to warn a lack of consultation and proper discussion in the transport industry means that the requirement for face masks on public transport from 15th June risks being marred by “confusion and conflict.”

RMT seeks protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers in the transport sector

TRANSPORT UNION RMT has written to industry bosses and safety regulators seeking answers and protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the transport sector.

RMT has reminded employers that there is concrete data regarding the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers.

The union has raised a series of questions with transport bosses and safety regulators.

Coronavirus: Urgent tube safety advice regarding services from 11th May

10th May 2020

To: All RMT Rail and London Underground members.

Dear Colleague

COVID - 19 URGENT RMT SAFETY ADVICE REGARDING RAIL AND TUBE SERVICES FROM 11th MAY

Over the weekend I have been contacted by Network Rail who say they are planning for a possible surge in passenger usage on the national railway system on Monday 11th May as a side-effect of the Prime Minister's statement scheduled for 19:00 hours, 10th May in respect of COVID -19. These measures may obviously also impact on other rail services and London Underground.