Our Ref: LUL/14/2
16 January 2020
JUSTICE FOR STATION AND REVENUE STAFF
A number of major areas of concern have been raised recently which impact on RMT members working for London Underground in Revenue and Station grades. In particular, these involve staffing levels on the Revenue Control Inspector grade and the general terms and conditions for Station Staff and these matters were subject of discussion at a recent meeting of your representatives, full-time officers and members of the National Executive Committee.
Discussions have focused on the fact that London Underground is refusing to meet your union’s demands to stop the introduction of a new grade of Revenue Control Officer (RCO) which will have inferior terms to that of the RCI grade. LUL is also proceeding with a proposal to deploy non-LUL enforcement officers onto LUL stations in the face of your union’s opposition.
It is also apparent that LUL has proposed the introduction of these new roles in response to demands from LUL Stations and Revenue grades for the company to fill all existing RCI vacancies and to address the problem of lone working as this practice leaves RMT members vulnerable to workplace violence.
The proposed new roles will do nothing to address members’ concerns and can only be seen as a provocation. The threat of a two-tier workforce on revenue adds injustice to the already existing injustices relating to the creation of the CSA2 grade and the less favourable treatment of station grades – when compared to train operators – regarding Boxing Day working.
These matters have now been considered by your NEC which has declared that RMT will now launch a campaign for Justice for Stations and Revenue with the following aims:
For a safe workplace
• End lone working
• Fill all existing RCI vacancies
• Audit all stations to ensure safe staffing levels
Against a two-tier workforce
• No creation of a new RCO grade or deployment of non-LUL staff on LUL infrastructure
• All CSAs to be graded CSA1
Parity between Station and Revenue grades and Train Operators regarding Boxing Day working
To advance these aims, your NEC has instructed me to service notice on London Underground of a ballot of all LU Revenue Control Inspectors for strike action and action short of a strike, which will include:
• Refusing to train staff in any unagreed LUL grade or any grade that is not directly employed by London Underground Limited to carry out revenue protection roles
• Refusing to mentor any unagreed LUL grade or any grade that is not directly employed by London Underground Limited to carry out revenue protection roles
• Refusing to assist any unagreed LUL grade or any grade this is not directly employed by London Underground Limited to carry out revenue protection roles
I have also been instructed by your NEC to prepare a ballot matrix of all other Station grades and to seek a meeting with LUL at the earliest opportunity and, should management fail to satisfactorily address your union’s demands, then a ballot will be held of all LUL Station members.
You and your colleagues are encouraged to attend a protest in support of the above demands at the next meeting of the LUL Workplace Violence Group, which will take place at Palestra House, 197 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NJ on Tuesday 21st January 2019 from 13.30 to 15.30.
I expect to be in a position to service notice on LUL with regards to the ballot of Revenue Control Inspectors at an early date so members in that grade will be advised as soon as possible when this is done.
I will also keep members fully advised of all matters relating to the Station Grades as developments arise.
As I say above, LU management’s actions are quite obviously a provocation but the company should also be aware that when our members are provoked they will fight to defend their interests and take the appropriate action to see off these attacks. This is the beginning of the campaign and this campaign will continue until Justice for Station and Revenue Staff is achieved.