ATC in Depots and Sidings – London Underground


Our Ref: HSR/2/25
30th July 2021

To: RMT MEMBERS EMPLOYED BY LONDON UNDERGROUNG LIMITED IN:

EALING COMMON ROLLING STOCK DEPOT
HAMMERSMITH ROLLING STOCK DEPOT
HEARNE HOUSE
NEASDEN ROLLING STOCK DEPOT
UPMINSTER ROLLING STOCK DEPOT

IN THE FOLLOWING GRADES:

Advanced Train Maintainer (Wheel Lathe) [Fleet]
Advanced Train Maintainer [Fleet]
Depot Team Leader [Fleet]
Duty Depot Manager [Fleet]
Engineering Operations Manager
Fleet Trainer [Fleet]
Lead Trainer (Train Maintenance) [Fleet]
Maintenance Manager (Train Maintenance) [Fleet]
NDT (Non–Destructive Testing) Technician [Fleet]
Operational Manager (Train Maintenance) [Fleet]
Team Leader [Fleet]
Test Train Operator
Train Maintainer (Call Point) [Fleet]
Train Maintainer (Train Maintenance) [Fleet]


BALLOT PAPERS TO BE SENT OUT TODAY
DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE – MAKE SURE YOU RETURN YOUR PAPER
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR STRIKE ACTION AND ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE


Dear Brother/Sister,

ATC in Depots and Sidings – London Underground

Despite the best efforts of your representatives to seek agreement with London Underground to ensure the safety of staff working in and around Depots and Sidings on the SSR/SSL the company have stated that the use of Automatic Train Control (ATC) is imposed at these sites. It is your representatives’ firm belief that Train Operators should be driving the train across these sites as staff will be working in these areas and ATC is designed to detect another train and avoid collision – the intended purpose is not to help ensure the safety of staff who are working in Depots and Sidings.

Your union has exhausted all the means available to us in seeking an agreement with London Underground for an appropriate and safe method of working at these sites. Health and Safety is a shared responsibility, but London Underground’s position is that in Depots and Sidings it should fall solely on the shoulders of staff working there and without any additional safeguard in the form manual control by the Train Operators. A Director’s Review upheld the earlier decision and London Underground have declined your union’s requests for the matter to be referred to ACAS for an agreement to be sought.

All the attempts by your union to resolve this matter through discussion have failed. As London Underground are imposing the use of ATC at these sites and have declined further discussion on the matter your National Executive Committee have instructed that members are balloted for industrial action. Ensuring the safety of members should be the only non-negotiable point – instead, the company are declining to negotiate how this can be best achieved and instead imposing a method of working that is unsafe. Therefore, I am urging you all to vote ‘YES’ for strike action and ‘YES’ to action short of a strike to demand that LUL enter negotiation with your union with a view to agreeing a method of working that best ensures the safety of Fleet Maintenance staff in SSR/SSL Depots and Sidings.

Please complete the enclosed ballot paper and make sure you return it to the independent scrutineer Civica by no later than First Post, Thursday 26th August 2021.

I have informed the Company that we are now in dispute with them and that members will be balloted for industrial action.

Vote ‘Yes’ for strike action and action short of a strike in the upcoming ballot to ensure a safe workplace.

I will keep members informed of all further developments.

 

 


Yours sincerely

 

Michael Lynch
General Secretary