BALLOT OPENS TODAY VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPER

Our Ref LUL/14/2

 

23rd April 2021

 

BALLOT OPENS TODAY

VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPER

DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, HAMMERSMITH SERVICE CONTROL CENTRE – LONDON UNDERGROUND

 

Your union has been in dispute with London Underground since July 2020 owing to a Breakdown in Industrial Relations regarding the planned migration of SSR service control to Hammersmith Service Control Centre (HSCC). Despite the best efforts of the representatives and officers involved there has been no adequate proposal from the company that would satisfactorily resolve the problems that have arisen as part of the proposed arrangements for the migration.

 

Your union had rejected the proposal to bring retired members of staff back to perform Service Control roles via agencies and on zero-hour contracts. London Underground still intends to employ Service Control staff on zero-hour contracts. This proposal has been accompanied by a reduction of SLC2s rostered at HSCC, contributing to the unacceptable workload staff are subject to at HSCC.

 

The machinery of negotiation that is agreed between the company and your union has not been adhered to with London Underground failing to observe the stated recognition of RMT Representatives in the Service Control function. Huge changes are being undertaken in Service Control which requires your Representatives to be in full contact with both management and members. The number of Representatives available to Service Control following signalling staff changing to Service Controller grades has been shown to be too few given the increase in headcount. An addendum to the Machinery of Negotiation has been requested to provide Service Control with the same ratio of Representatives as other Functional Councils, such as Fleet, but this has not been agreed.

 

The failure of the company to adhere to the existing agreements, and the unacceptable nature of the proposals for staffing in preparation for the migration of SSR service control, places members in an unacceptable situation. The deprecation of members’ jobs, terms, and conditions because of the migration is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to take place.

 

Your NEC has considered the matter and congratulates your Representatives and Lead Officer for having forced LUL to recognise the problems members are facing. However, LUL’s offer to provide a comprehensive solution to the dispute has failed to adequately address members’ concerns. Your NEC have therefore instructed that a ballot of our affected Service Operators, Service Controllers and Service Managers takes place for industrial action.

 

Ballot papers are being despatched today. Therefore, your ballot paper should hit your doormat in the next few days. It goes without saying that as soon as you receive your ballot paper you should do everything in your power to make sure it is returned to the independent scrutineer and you should encourage all RMT members in your workplace to use their vote.

 

I am urging you all to vote 'YES' to both questions in the ballot for industrial action. It is vital we receive a huge 'YES' vote so we can continue the fight for an agreeable settlement to the dispute for members. If the statutory thresholds are not met, then no industrial action can happen - even if members vote overwhelmingly 'yes' for both strike action and action short of a strike. Therefore, IF YOU DON'T VOTE - IT COUNTS AS A 'NO' VOTE. We cannot allow London Underground to win and use the draconian anti-trade union laws in this Breakdown in Industrial Relations dispute.

 

If you do not receive your voting paper by Wednesday 5th May 2021 from the independent scrutineer, or know of a colleague who has not received it, please e-mail info@rmt.org.uk to request a replacement. Alternatively, call the freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706.

 

Important Please Note:  The Scrutineer for RMT Ballots and Elections is now 'Civica Election Services' (CES) and not the 'Electoral Reform Society'. Letters from Civica are not Junk Mail and should be opened.

 

DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE

VOTE YES TO BOTH QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT PAPER

 

I trust this keeps you fully advised, and I will update you on all further developments.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mick Cash

General Secretary