Attendance and discipline

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

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.

RMT To Pursue Joint Union Approach On LU Rainbow Attendance policy

We note the correspondence from London Underground Ltd.

We instruct the General Secretary to obtain a report on the progress of this issue at LU Company Council, and to pursue the other unions for a response to our request for a joint approach.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.

RMT Concerned By LU's Planned Social Media Policy

We note the report from our Regional Organiser, that London Underground has written to RMT notifying us of its new guidelines for social media use. Once again, LUL has failed to consult us over a policy which significantly affects our members, and only asks for our "questions" after the document is published, not our input whilst it is being drafted.

Nowhere Over The Rainbow

RMT is fighting against London underground's 'rainbow' procedure for sickness.

It seems an odd choice of name. Rainbows are caused when the sun shines through the rain. If you have a few rainy days, there may well be no sunshine from the bosses at LU - just the sack.

There are many scenarios where you could fall foul of the new procedure and potentially lose your job.

Here are a few:

  • You had a few odd days off sick and then needed to care for a sick family member.

London Underground 'Rainbow' Attendance Policy

We note the report from our representative on file, outlining how London Underground is implementing its Rainbow Attendance policy, the unfairness and detriment this is causing to our members, and advice to representatives. We endorse this report, and instruct the General Secretary to send it by post to all London Underground representatives.

All responses are to be placed on file, and further reports, correspondence and legal opinions are to be placed in front of us.