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

RMT Tube Message is Getting Through

Dear Colleague,

Following a barrage of relentless media attacks on RMT last week, much of which was based on distortions and downright lies, there are signs that our message is starting to get through.

In tonight’s Standard, the paper at the forefront of hostility to RMT, their columnist Simon Jenkins has written a piece titled “Blame Greedy Bosses For The Great Tube Mess”. While we would dispute much of Jenkins’ analysis, he has picked up on at least some of the messages that RMT has been pumping out.

On senior tube bosses pay:

LUL Claim They Ran a Good Service - Well Guess What? They Didn't

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY

Dear Colleague,

Here are some useful facts. Below is the actual number of trains run (bold) on all lines during the strike against the total each line would normally run.

On a normal day 522 trains are run across the combine. Taken as a percentage, and at mid peak times (0900 and 1800) the best 'service' they ran amounted to 28% on Thursday (0900). However, take away the Northern and Jubilee Lines the best 'service' they could run across the combine was 17% for Wednesday and 19% for Thursday.

LUL Claim They Ran a Good Service - Well Guess What? They Didn't

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY

Dear Colleague,

Here are some useful facts. Below is the actual number of trains run (bold) on all lines during the strike against the total each line would normally run.

On a normal day 522 trains are run across the combine. Taken as a percentage, and at mid peak times (0900 and 1800) the best 'service' they ran amounted to 28% on Thursday (0900). However, take away the Northern and Jubilee Lines the best 'service' they could run across the combine was 17% for Wednesday and 19% for Thursday.

Why I Went On Strike

James Wong-McSweeney explains in The London Paper why he went on strike...

Having read the columns by Rachel Large and Kay Taylor, neither of whom supported the Tube strike, I thought you’d all like to hear from someone who did. I’m a member of the RMT and have been since I joined London Underground two-and-a-half years ago. You might think that the RMT is always on strike but we’re not – in fact, this was my first strike since I joined. I did it willingly and of my own free will. Nobody made me do it, let alone Bob Crow, whom I’ve never met.

Public leaflet: The truth about the Tube dispute

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There has been a tidal wave of media coverage of the 48 hour strike on TfL and LUL. Although that coverage is a reflection of just how successful the RMT action has been, it has also led to some incredible exaggeration, blatant political interference and in some cases sheer, barefaced lies.

The “Big Lie”

A Personal Message from the General Secretary

I would like to congratulate members on the stand they have taken in supporting the strike action. You know it’s having a massive effect when the media take notice and start chasing their own tails.

On the one hand they are saying loads of trains are running but on the other we are inconveniencing 3 million commuters because they can’t get on the tube. The reality is LUL are running a skeleton service at best, and it is LUL that are inconveniencing the public as they pulled the deal that could have sorted this dispute out at the last moment.