TO ALL RMT LUL FLEET MEMBERS
Our Ref: LUL/14/10
7th March 2019
EXTENDED TRAIN PREPARATION SCHEDULE – LONDON UNDERGROUND
Further to my letter yesterday, I advised members that ballot papers had been dispatched to you but due to an alteration to the dispute wording, the decision has been taken to re-commence this ballot. You will still receive your original ballot paper with a closing date of Thursday 21st March – there is no need to return it and no papers that are returned will be counted.
I have issued fresh correspondence and the Company has been advised today that a dispute situation exists over its intentions to extend the Fleet train preparation schedules. The Company has failed to engage in any meaningful consultation or negotiation with RMT or provide us with full information on all safety aspects.
The proposals will decimate inspection frequencies beyond all recognition and this is unacceptable to RMT. Not only will it lead to major fleet issues, it will inevitably lead to more train failures in service putting unacceptable pressure on you and your colleagues and leaving the whole of LUL and the travelling public at significant increased risk.
Your Union has demanded that no changes to fleet preparation schedules take effect without agreement between LUL and RMT and that all current activity in relation to the matter is halted until full consultation and negotiation has taken place, including full examination of all safety aspects in relation to this matter.
New ballot papers will be posted to you on Thursday 14th March and the new closing date for the ballot will be Tuesday 2nd April 2019. I will keep you advised of all further developments.