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7 October 2014

RMT

All London Underground Members to take Strike Action

Our Ref: LUL/14/5

7th October 2014

Dear Colleague,

Every Job Matters – Defending Jobs on London Underground

All London Underground Members to take Strike Action

Further to previous correspondence, a mass meeting of your Reps took place on Thursday 2nd October to discuss the progress that has been made during recent negotiations and the latest position in the fight to stop these savage and dangerous cuts to London Underground services.

We have been successful in some areas and London Underground has given commitments that displaced staff will not have to travel more than 30 minutes to a new location; any member deployed to a grade with a lower rate of pay will have their salary guaranteed; no member will have to re-apply for their current job – all staff will be given all relevant coaching/training to settle into their new role.

HOWEVER, the massive reduction in jobs in still in place with 897 positions to go. All ticket offices will close permanently by the end of 2015. There is also no written guarantee on the key issue of staff who are on medically restricted duties or on flexible working arrangements.

Also, management has now advised that: “this consultation is now concluded and that we can move forward to considering the smooth implementation of our proposals and the impact on staff”. Whilst we welcome the progress and commitments given, it does not alleviate the main issues concerning job cuts and closure of ticket offices. Your Union believes that further progress can be made and the consultation on this whole scale change to London Underground cannot be cut short prematurely. The outstanding issues cannot just be forgotten about while London Underground press on with implementing their proposals.  

Your General Grades Committee has considered this matter and noted the views of those that attended the meeting last week. Although progress has been made, the GGC believes that this is not enough in the fight against the onslaught of cuts in jobs and terms and conditions.

The General Grades Committee instruct all our members, EXCLUDING FLEET STAFF, not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

•    21:00 hours on Tuesday 14th October 2014 until 20:59 hours on Thursday 16th October 2014.

All members employed in the FLEET GRADES are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

•    18:29 hours on Tuesday 14th October 2014 until 18:28 hours on Thursday 16th October 2014.

I urge ALL LONDON UNDERGROUND MEMBERS to support this action to demand that management do not push forward and implement disastrous cuts plans while there are outstanding issues that need further serious and meaningful discussion.

This fight is not over while the threat to jobs, working conditions, safety and services remain fully in place.

SUPPORT THE ACTION!!
STAND FIRM TOGETHER AND FIGHT THE CUTS!!

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary

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