JOB CUTS, TRAIN OPERATORS, QUEENS PARK DEPOT - LONDON UNDERGROUND

Our Ref LUL/14/5

18th March 2021

TO ALL LONDON UNDERGROUND TRAIN OPERATORS AND OPERATOR INSTRUCTORS AT QUEENS PARK TRAINCREW DEPOT

Dear Colleagues,

JOB CUTS, TRAIN OPERATORS, QUEENS PARK DEPOT - LONDON UNDERGROUND

I am writing in relation to the above matter. Your Bakerloo Line Branch submitted a resolution raising serious concerns over London Underground’s proposed introduction of a roster which contains cuts of approximately 10% (from 101 to 90 Train Operator duties) at Queens Park Traincrew Depot. It was also noted that at the same time as the reduced timetable and roster with the corresponding cuts coincided with the publication of Transport for London’s Financial Sustainability Plan which also includes a proposal to cut off-peak services.

Having considered the resolution, your National Executive Committee took the decision to notify London Underground that we were now in dispute over the proposal. LUL have been invited several times to discuss the matter with your lead officer and for an Avoidance of Dispute meeting to be convened. Our requests have been refused and no meaningful talks have taken place with the company despite your union’s efforts to seek a negotiated resolution.

In the most recent correspondence, the company have again declined a dispute resolution meeting. The imposition of the roster with the cuts has not been paused let alone stopped and the roster is due to be imposed on 16th May 2021. This is a breach of the agreed negotiating machinery.

Your National Executive Committee has again considered the matter and noted that despite our repeated calls for London Underground to attend a dispute resolution meeting they have refused to do so. The company are ignoring our members and reps and intend to proceed with the new timetable and the associated reduction of Train Operators at Queens Park Depot. Your NEC have instructed me to arrange an urgent ballot of members for industrial action. The ballot for industrial action in the form of a strike will open on Thursday 25th March 2021 and will close on Thursday 8th April 2021.

London Underground management’s abject failure to meet with your union with a view to settling the dispute is nothing short of appalling. We must send them a clear message that this will not be tolerated so I urge members to vote strongly and decisively in favour of industrial action in this dispute.

If you have not received your ballot paper by Wednesday 31st March 2021 please email us at info@rmt.org.uk or contact the RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 and a replacement ballot paper will be sent out to your home address by first class post.

It is vitally important that we get a high turnout in this ballot given the restrictive anti trade union balloting laws. I therefore I urge all members to return a massive vote in favour of strike action when their ballot paper arrives.

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

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary