Attendance and discipline

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

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.

RMT Opposes London Undergrounds New Social Media Policy

We instruct the General Secretary to write to London Underground immediately stressing that these guidelines are issued unilaterally by the company and are not agreed by this union. We oppose employers’ intrusion into our members’ private lives and time, and will defend our members against unjust disciplinary action taken against them by London Underground under the pretext of these guidelines.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.

London Underground's Attempt To Change 'Attendance At Work' Procedure Without Consultation Unacceptable to RMT

From General Secretary Bob Crow

I write to advise branches that I have received reports from our representatives that there have been instances where case conferences have been chaired outside the current agreed attendance procedure. This matter has now been considered by the General Grades Committee and has taken the following decision:-

“We note the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council and share our Regional Council’s concerns.

RMT Seeks Comments On LUL's 'Guidance For The Use Of Social Media'

From General Secretary Bob Crow

Management have written to inform us of a new policy which gives guidance to staff over the use of social media. I write to advise branches that this matter has now been considered by the General Grades Committee and has made the following decision:-

“We note the correspondence from London Underground. We remain concerned about the potential use of these guidelines to unfairly discipline our members.

Directions For Reps Regarding Breach Of Procedure At London Underground 'Case Conferences'

We note the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council and share our Regional Council’s concerns.

We instruct our London Underground representatives to not take part in case conferences where there is a breach of procedure and the Employing Manager is not present.

Review Of Disciplinary And Grievance Procedure – London Underground

We note the resolution from our London Transport Regional Council, and the proof that has emerged
that People Management Advice Specialists (PMAs) have interfered in the issuing of disciplinary
sanctions against our members employed by London Underground Ltd in breach of the LUL
disciplinary procedure and of natural justice.

Accordingly, we instruct the General Secretary to provide all appropriate support in the particular case
referred to, and to write immediately to London Underground Ltd demanding:

RMT To Ballot “Boris Bikes” Operational Staff For Action Over Olympics Reward And Working Conditions

"Despite an increasing workload this summer as we head towards the Olympics the staff running the London cycle hire scheme are facing a bullying management who are imposing outrageous changes to conditions" - Bob Crow

TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot staff running the London “Boris Bike’s” for both strike action and action short of a strike over a range of grievances:

  1. Imposition of changes to working hours and shift patterns which have been unanimously rejected by our members.
  2. No offer of any financial reward for working during the Olympics, despite the big increased in workload and the Games’ organisers’ promotion of cycling during the event.
  3. The unfair and draconian attendance policy.