Bombardier London Underground

Bombardier London Underground

9 April 2014

TO ALL TRAIN SYSTEMS TECHNICIANS – BOMBARDIER (LUL SSR AND VLU PROJECTS)

Our Ref: LUL/0001/B (LSV)

9th April 2014

TO ALL TRAIN SYSTEMS TECHNICIANS – BOMBARDIER (LUL SSR AND VLU PROJECTS)

Dear Colleague,

RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2013 – BOMBARDIER (LUL VLU & SSR CONTRACT)

As recently advised, TST members voted in favour of taking action short of a strike over the company’s unacceptable pay proposals. Whilst your union welcomed the move from individual contracts to collective bargaining, this offer remains unacceptable because it represents a below-inflation pay rise. It also removed the enhanced rate of pay for overtime and allocates annual leave in hours rather than days, thus resulting in a loss of leave.

Having considered the ballot result and consulted with your representatives, the General Grades Committee has decided to call all TSTs to take industrial action short of a strike in order to put maximum pressure on the company to return to the negotiating table with a decent pay offer. The action called is as follows: -

With effect from 00.01 hours Wednesday 16th April 2014, until further notice, all TSTs are instructed not to work any overtime. 

Additionally, from 00.01 hours Wednesday 16th April 2014, until further notice, you are instructed to commence a “Work to Rule” where you carry out duties exactly as laid down in the Helpdesk procedures and will strictly adhere to depot rules and HSE guidelines. The specific instructions are as follows: -

1.    Seek confirmation of all faults reported before commencing the production of any paperwork.
2.    Personally confirm fitness to move of trains when targets & keys are returned to DDM’s office rather than taking the word of the technician returning them.
3.    Carry out one task at a time at the helpdesk, instead of getting overstressed attempting to deal with all arising matters simultaneously.
4.    Ensuring, on behalf of the DDM, that any task carried out on any train is supported by a validated VMI.
5.    Ensuring, on behalf of the DDM, that all Ellipse work orders returned to the helpdesk are complete in every detail.
6.    There will be no hand over, a shift is 12 hours long with no overlap. The oncoming TST will find out the status of the depot for him/herself on arrival.
7.    The one hour meal break will be taken in full, the TST on shift will not eat their mid-shift meal on the desk in order to keep up with the workload.
8.    Ensuring, on behalf of the DDM, that only the on-shift TST enters the DDM’s office.
9.    The TST will only spend 40 minutes at the desk at any one time as per HSE recommendations.
10.    The hours of 9 to 11 in the morning will be spent primarily checking all files - including awaiting materials and on monitor - for overdue, out of date and closed work orders and co-ordinating with the DTL for planned workload for the day.
11.    The hours of 13:00 and 17:00 on day shift and 01:00 to 03:00 on night shift will be spent primarily data cleansing on allocated team trains.
12.    Scrupulous attention will be paid to the SSR inbox and all emails acknowledged – and actioned if required.
13.    The BT Work Order Management Flow Chart will be consulted for each work order raised in order that the work order is raised with no errors.
14.    As per Helpdesk procedures, ALL work orders will be filed at the end of each shift.
15.    The helpdesk TST will not assist Bombardier personnel on the shop floor and only provide technical support to LU personnel when requested.
I urge you to strongly support the above industrial action which will have a drastic effect on the company. Bombardier will be in no doubt of how strong your demand is for a decent pay rise that rewards your hard work and loyalty.

STAND FIRM
SUPPORT THE ACTION

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
Acting General Secretary

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