Our Ref: LUL/14/2
18th September 2018
BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRAIN OPERATORS
PICCADILLY LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND
Further to my letter of 11th September, you may have seen a communication from management today regarding the strike action scheduled for Wednesday 26th until Saturday 29th September. The bulletin states that LUL considers the issues in this dispute as ‘closed’ however this is not because an agreement has been reached but rather because management has imposed their proposals without agreement from your Union.
Service Control Relationships
LUL acknowledge the benefit of face to face relationship building but have refused to release service control staff to visit traincrew depots and indeed have ruled out this option. The offer to incorporate these visits into the fifth day of CDP was not agreed by RMT but is what has been imposed by management and therefore remains unresolved.
Intentions to consult on the design and delivery of a suitable training/briefing package for Line Controllers have been thwarted by management holding meetings without inviting RMT Reps to attend. Again we refuse to accept any imposition of a package which has been formed without input from those who raised the issue.
Machinery of Negotiation and Consultation & Release Issues at Arnos Grove
Despite your assertions, the Arnos Grove TOM has not provided Reps with information, and has withdrawn release arrangements for syndicate and fixed link monitoring. Issues raised regarding release forms and Reps duties also resulted in an imposition rather than any agreement or resolution.
The ACAS meetings held seem to have been treated as just a box ticking exercise by the Arnos Grove TOM who has stated that “level one is for consultation only” and is therefore a forum for imposing local management aspirations. This attitude is provocative and hostile and gives no confidence in management’s willingness to accept, or desire to resolve these issues, which are far from closed.
Attendance and Disciplinary Issues
While you state that reviews have taken place, these have been conducted outside of any agreed procedure and not to the satisfaction of RMT which requested direct face to face meetings with the involvement of Reps.
The general atmosphere on the line is authoritarian; service at all costs, availability at all costs even if it means slashing facility time and threatening staff with warnings and further use of the rainbow policy.
I have requested that the Company return to ACAS for further talks with the Union and I will keep you advised of all further developments.
SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH