Attendance and discipline

Management's discipline and attendance policies - and the way they use them to mistreat staff

RMT Appalled At Fingerprinting Plan For Cleaners

We note the report of the well-attended meeting of our London Underground / Tube Lines ISS representatives on 20 February 2013.

The meeting identified several attacks on working conditions in addition to pay issues:

  • ‘Bradford Factor’ attendance rules
  • new rostering, extending the unpaid break in the middle of the shift from 30 minutes to 45, 60 or even 75 minutes
  • biometric booking on, including for agency staff

Management Action On Jubilee Line Leads To Ballot For Joint Union Strike

We note the resolution from our Jubilee South branch, and the numerous problems being caused by management at North Greenwich and Stratford depots. Following thorough discussion with our representatives and in line with their expressed views, we instruct the General Secretary to ballot our train driver members at Stratford and North Greenwich depots for strike action, to a timescale that will enable co-ordinated action with ASLEF. A personal letter is to be sent to all members being balloted, strongly urging them to vote Yes.

Unions Agree To Discuss A Joint Approach Over Use Of PMAs In Disciplinarys

We note the report on file regarding the outcome of the member’s case, and that this is now closed to the member’s satisfaction.

We continue to be very concerned, however, with the role played by the People Management Advice specialist (PMA). The email obtained under FOI shows clearly that the PMA took a decision beyond her authority, and LUL management even admit that it ‘looks’ like this, but ludicrously claim that a verbal assurance from the manager refutes this.

Finsbury Park Branch News February 2013

Here is the latest edition on the Finsbury Park branch newsletter.

In this edition:

  • Protect your job, play it safe
  • Boxing not so clever
  • X-ray specs, anyone?
  • Hardship fund - what's it about?
  • Stiched up after helping out
  • Victoria Line drivers survey

    You may be able to view the newsletter below, otherwise use the 'attachments' link to download it

Disciplinary Review Legal Issues Investigated

We note the report from our Regional Organiser on this issue.

We remain concerned that the employer has reached agreement with just one union, and do not accept the explanation from the company that it did this because TSSA raised the issues with it first. We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this is raised at the next Company Council meeting.

Tube Disciplinary Review Joint Approach Welcomed

We note the report from our Regional Organiser, and the continuing discussions at the APC Joint Working Party. We instruct the General Secretary to place LUL’s revised draft in front of us once received.

We further not that we still await the outcome of Brother Smith’s* grievance regarding the role of the PMA in his case and instruct the General Secretary to place this in front of us once received.

We instruct the General Secretary to obtain the report instructed by our previous decision as to whether London Underground’s use of PMAs meets ACAS standards.

Dispute May Be Necesary Over London Undergrounds Use Of PMAs In Disciplinary Procedures

We note the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council, and share its concern at London
Underground’s continuing use of ‘People Management Advice specialists’ (PMAs) in the disciplinary
process, to the detriment of our members’ right to a just process.

As requested, we instruct the General Secretary to write to London Underground Ltd demanding a full and
open investigation into the conduct of PMAs, to establish:

  • proof of the PMAs’ role
  • verification of PMAs’ credentials

Resolutions Carried At London Transport Regional Meeting October 2012 - PMAs

This resolution was passed at the October LTRC meeting. The other motions passed can be found here.

A resolution has already been noted and passed in respect of PMA’s no longer being involved in "any" aspect of disciplinaries and that "disciplinaries" are postponed until a full investigation is carried out ref: official circular no: 437.