London Underground - Amended Industrial Action

London Underground - Amended Industrial Action

24 January 2014

Kevin Hall

EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND

Our Ref: LUL/14/5

24th January 2014

Dear colleague

EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND

AMENDED INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Further to my previous correspondence, and following the overwhelming ‘Yes’ vote that you and your colleagues delivered in favour of taking industrial action in defence of jobs on London Underground, I write to advise you that the General Grades Committee has decided to amend some of the industrial action. 

Your Executive has carefully considered the strong wish of you and your colleagues to carry out industrial action in order to oppose LU’s plans to replace skilled workers with unreliable automation in all areas of its work, including train maintenance, engineering, service control and train operation. Well, now is the time for that action.

Therefore for ease of reference the following industrial action has been called for by the General Grades Committee and replaces all previous instructions.

ALL LONDON UNDERGROUND MEMBERS

All London Underground members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

•    21:00 hours on Tuesday 4th February 2014 until 20:59 hours on Thursday 6th February 2014.

•    21:00 hours on Tuesday 11h February 2014 until 20:59 hours on Thursday 13h February 2014.

LONDON UNDERGROUND STATION GRADE MEMBERS

As you are aware our Station Grades members have already started an overtime and rest day working ban from Friday 17th January 2014 and this remains in place.

However the General Grades Committee has now decided that our Revenue Control Inspectors and Duty Station Managers should also undertake an overtime and rest day working ban.
Therefore All Revenue Control Inspectors and Duty Managers are now instructed as follows:-

•    With effect from 00:01 hours on Friday 31st January 2014 not to work any Rest Day Working or Overtime until further notice.

Additionally All London Underground Station Grades Members are instructed not to carry out any revenue duties between:-

•    Between 09:30 hours and 11:30 hours and 18:30 hours and 20:30 hours on Friday 7th February 2014.

•    Between 09:30 hours and 11:30 hours and 18:30 hours and 20:30 hours on Monday 10th February 2014.

•    Between 09:30 hours and 11:30 hours and 18:30 hours and 20:30 hours on Friday 14thth February 2014.

The decision to take industrial action has not been taken lightly and was taken after detailed consultations with your representatives from across the company and it was stated quite clearly to your national officials that you and your colleagues have decided that the time for action has arrived. This action will bring all grades together in opposing the Tory government inspired cuts that are fully supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson and which LU is implementing. Management refuse to hold meaningful discussions on the matter and continue to ignore reasonable counter-proposals put forward by your union.

It is time that LU management sat up and listened to the concerns of our members in this dispute and not hide behind the excuse that their cuts are a result of someone else’s economic decision. The job losses and the horrific safety implications which they raise are the responsibility of LU and it is therefore the responsibility of you and your colleagues to stop them.

I can also advise you that your union is undertaking a full political campaign to stop these cuts and welcomes the launch of the campaigning body HOLT – “Hands Off London Transport”. At this stage, the best way of backing up this political campaign is with an industrial fight and that is why this industrial action is taking place. You have shown support for your union’s position in voting YES for action and now it is time to show your support for that action.

You and your colleagues are committed to fighting London Underground’s proposals and committed to defending jobs on the Tube. That is why LU management should be under no illusions that, should they not withdraw their plans, then this industrial action will be escalated in order to pursue the aims and wishes of all our members in this dispute.

NO TO JOB LOSSES!
STOP THE CUTS
STOP THE CLOSURES OF TICKET OFFICES!

Yours sincerely
 
Bob Crow
General Secretary

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