27 March 2014
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS LONDON UNDERGROUND
Our Ref: LUL/14/5
27th March 2014
EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND
Further to my previous correspondence dated 5th March 2014, I write to update you on the situation within LUL following our decision to suspend further industrial action. Your negotiating team have continued to attend talks, and we are now entering the latter stages into the seven week period of extensive talks.
I can report that a lot of the details are proving our fears to be accurate. These job cuts are clearly a cost saving project, and have nothing to do with improving the service and safety on London Underground. The company is still intending to close every Ticket Office, reduce front line staff and proceed with staff restructuring, which will result in lower salaries and worse terms and conditions.
Your Executive Committee agreed to suspend our industrial action on the basis that London Underground stopped implementing these proposals and enter into meaningful talks. With less than two weeks to go, the company continues to ignore the negative impact of their proposals and little progress has been made. Our position is very clear we are always prepared to enter into talks to resolve this dispute; however these talks should not be considered as some kind of rest or “cooling off” period.
Therefore should the company at the end of these talks decide to re-activate its proposals, we shall not hesitate to continue to take strike action to defend jobs on London Underground.
I will of course update you further developments.
Senior Assistant General Secretary