Jobs/Pay/Justice Dispute

Starting in March 2009, RMT's industrial action campaign for decent pay, against job cuts, and to stop management persecuting staff and breaking their own policies

LUL Pay-Tfl Pay dispute strike action dates 28.5.09

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR Circular No. IR/171/09 - 28th May 2009


• Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2009, Redundancies and Breach of Agreements – LUL • Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2009, Redundancies – TfL

Dear Colleague,

Below are the personal letters that have been sent to members advising them of the latest position in the two disputes.

“Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2009, Redundancies and Breach of Agreements – LUL

Letter to Members: Jobs, Pay and Justice dispute

From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to congratulate members on again returning a magnificent ‘YES’ vote for both strike action and action short of a strike. Members voted by over 5 to 1 to take action despite management’s attempts to bully and intimidate members and their resorting to legislation over negotiation that meant we were unable to use your mandate in the first ballot.

RMT announces strike dates as Tube and TfL workers vote overwhelmingly for action over pay and job cuts

THE TUBE’S biggest union today declared an overwhelming mandate for strike action in ballots of members across London Underground and Transport for London in two separate disputes centred on jobs, pay and working conditions.

On London Underground the result was 2810 for strike action and 488 against. On TfL the result was 60 in favour and 15 against. Separate ballots on action short of a strike showed even higher numbers in favour.

RMT have announced strike action which will commence at 18.59 hours on Tuesday 9th June through to 18.58 hours on Thursday 11th June 2009.

Other Workers Are Getting Pay Rises

Management would have us believe that all other workers are accepting pay freezes or 'moderate' (tiny) rises. Well, have a look at this list (one-year deals unless otherwise stated):

  • Merseyrail drivers: 4.55%, first year of 2-year deal, effective from 30 January 09
  • Trico Marine: 7.5%, effective from 1 January 09
  • UK Coal: 5%, first year of 3-year deal, effective from 1 January 09
  • House of Commons staff: 4.5% consolidated increases, including progression costs, first year of 3-year deal, effective from 1 April 08

Meeting: Jobs, Pay and Justice!

Venue: Friends House, Euston Road

  • hear the industrial action ballot result
  • plan for effective industrial action
  • hear reports from your union’s negotiators
  • ask questions
  • join the discussion
    Show your support for RMT’s fight for jobs, pay and justice!


  • Oliver New, RMT National Executive
  • Janine Booth, RMT Regional Council Secretary
  • Steve Hedley, RMT Regional Organiser
  • Andy Littlechild, Chair, RMT LU Engineering branch
  • Plus a guest speaker opposing Post Office privatisation
    Chair: Vaughan Thomas, RMT Regional Council President

    Click '1 attachment'/file name to download a leaflet advertising the meeting. Please distribute widely.

  • Management Anti-Strike Propaganda

    From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary.

    It has come to my notice that LUL management are handing out anti-strike propaganda and asking people to sign for it. This is nothing more than a crude attempt to intimidate people during the current ballot and is both counterproductive and completely unnecessary.

    RMT members have already voted for action by a five-to-one majority, but LUL used legal technicalities that would have made no difference to the outcome to stop your union using that democratic mandate.

    Letter to Probationers and Apprentices: Your Right to Strike

    This letter is from Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary. Click '1 attachment' / file name to download it. Read the text below.

    To All Probationers and Apprentices Employed by LUL - Our Ref : LUL/14/2 - 19th May 2009

    Dear Colleague,

    Current Dispute with London Underground.

    As you know we are currently balloting all LUL members for strike action and action short of a strike over the company’s refusal to make a reasonable offer on pay, breaches of long standing agreements and their proposals to make up to 3000 staff redundant.

    Why You Have to Vote Again

    In April, RMT members returned a massive YES vote for industrial action to oppose LUL’s pay cuts, job cuts and mistreatment of staff. Over 83% voted for strikes; 94% for action short of a strike. This result sent a clear message: We will not stand by while you cut staff, attack our living standards and bully us into working when we’re sick.