Circular No. NP/033/15
2nd March 2015
TO: ALL BRANCHES, REGIONAL COUNCILS, REGIONAL OFFICES,
COUNCIL OF EXECUTIVES & HO OFFICERS.
Tube ticket offices – TfL closure plan protest
Day of Action: Friday 27th March
Transport for London is pressing ahead with closing all London Underground ticket offices and is doing so without consulting passengers or adequately trialling the impact first. This is in order that closed ticket offices can be leased out to retail businesses, a short-sighted step that will exacerbate already dangerously high and rising peak passenger through-flow.
TfL’s conduct in ignoring criticism including from workers representatives, the statutory passenger body London Travelwatch and, in the case of ex Silverlink stations, in defiance of legal obligations, is a scandal.
Given the ongoing reduction in staffing levels, and the impending introduction of night time opening of some Tube lines, remaining LUL workers are set to be asked to work anti-social hours frequently. Clearly, LUL’s proposals - if enacted - would see the health and well-being of staff suffer as a result of having to often switch between day and night shifts.
On Friday 27th March we will be protesting TfL’s plans. RMT with other concerned organisations, including Hands Off London Transport https://handsofflondontransport.wordpress.com/, will be holding demos and leafleting at stations across the capital. Members and activists are encouraged to attend.
Please save the date and a list of stations at which activities will be taking place will be circulated shortly. Also, if you can make it, please contact your branch and the South East Regional Office.