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Head Office Circular: NP/9/23
13th January 2023
To: The Secretary
TfL: DEFEND JOBS, PENSIONS & AGREEMENTS – STATION STAFFING ISSUES AND MINIMUM NUMBERS
I have received reports that highlight London Underground’s inability to keep key central London stations open due to insufficient staffing levels. This is occurring before the reduction of 600 station jobs, which forms a key element of London Underground’s financial cuts, take effect.
Our members have taken five days of strike action across all grades in defence of jobs, pensions and agreements, and our station members took an additional day to highlight the threat of 600 job reductions. Our members on the three groups, where job reductions have been imposed so far, took further strike action on 25th November 2022.
London Underground cannot keep stations open on a reliable basis and in compliance with safety regulations now, let alone after 600 (over 10% of all station staff) posts are removed.
At its meeting on 10th January, your National Executive Committee resolved as follows:
That we note the report from the Lead Officer.
We instruct the General Secretary to write to the Mayor of London as a matter of urgency, demanding a moratorium on station staffing reductions, and to demand an investigation into the use of Senior Operating Official waivers to avoid minimum number regulations.
We further instruct the General Secretary to run a high-profile media campaign, highlighting our demands.
We instruct the General Secretary to seek clarity on the legal status of minimum staffing levels on London Underground.
I am acting in accordance with these instructions.
Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.