INTRODUCTION OF COMMUNICATION BASED TRAIN CONTROL (CBTC) – METROPOLITAN LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND

Our Ref: LUL/14/2

 

19 December 2019

 

 

Dear colleague

 

INTRODUCTION OF COMMUNICATION BASED TRAIN CONTROL (CBTC) – METROPOLITAN LINE – LONDON UNDERGROUND

 

Your National Executive Committee has considered a resolution submitted by Neasden Branch which outlines a number of areas of concern with the introduction of the new Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) onto the Metropolitan Line. The branch reports that, since it has come in, members have had to endure the consequences of an unreliable signalling system going live without resilience training.

 

Members have been subject to lengthy delays while operating trains, dealing with dangerously overcrowded stations and those in Service Control have had to deal with increased workload.

 

This has led to increased levels of stress, work being left unfinished and members being targeted for abuse by the public.

 

During this time, management on the Metropolitan Line have completely failed to offer appropriate communications to staff, provide adequate resources to ensure service recovery, ensure necessary roles are covered or engage with your representatives.

 

Your representatives have requested cross-function meetings to discuss and address these concerns, but these requests have been declined by management, who have instead attempted to bypass the proper machinery of negotiation and instead set up meetings with non-recognised random members of staff.

 

Therefore the branch called on your NEC to declare a dispute situation over management’s unacceptable approach on this matter and to seek an urgent dispute resolution meeting with the company. This position was endorsed by your NEC.

 

I have acted on the NEC instructions and written to the company demanding that it address this issue as a matter of extreme urgency and that, should our members and representatives continue to have their concerns ignored, then a dispute situation will exist. I am currently waiting on the company’s response.

 

I will write to you again with details of any further developments in due course.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mick Cash

General Secretary