Our Ref: LUL/13/3
24th June 2020
USE OF RETIRED STAFF VIA AGENCY CONTRACTS, SERVICE CONTROL – LONDON UNDERGROUND
Further to my letter of 1st June 2020 in which I informed you that your employer had stopped recruiting through an agency and committed to a new proposal to give a direct LUL contract of employment, I write to provide an update on the revised proposals that has been presented to your Service Control Functional Control (SCFC) Representatives.
London Underground have acknowledged a point that your Union has made many times over the past couple of years: that there is a serious problem in recruitment in retention of Service Control staff. This has a direct impact on the work you do with members in some Control Rooms suffering an unbearable workload.
However, the revised proposals still amount to the introduction of a ‘flexible’ zero hours model of employment for Service Control Rooms. There are no caveats that would mean the proposals are agreed for short-term use and for an agreed period, which could itself undermine a more permanent solution.
Having considered the revised proposals, the National Executive Committee found them to be completely unacceptable in their current form.
Your Union has been raising the recruitment and retention issue over the years to London Underground to give them the opportunity to address it. This hasn’t happened and now we must make sure that any measure that is applied doesn’t introduce the permanent use of casual labour for your roles – that it is applied by agreement, in a specific circumstance and time-bound – and as part of a definite plan to resolve the problem, properly and long-term.
The National Executive Committee has instructed the Lead Officer to continue to discuss the matter with your employer. Your Lead Officer will continue to pursue the matter together with your SCFC Representatives to protect jobs, standards and the line of promotion within Service Control grades.
I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed of any further developments.