Jobs/Pay/Justice Dispute 2009

RMT Throws in the Towel - Without Even a Mandate Tubeworker Wed, 12/23/2009 - 19:20

Many RMT reps and members are shocked at the union's decision to accept the company's pay offer that until that point it had told us was "unacceptable", and to do so the day after a ballot result in which over 3,000 members voted for action short of strikes against it.

Weak Leadership from Unions in Pay Fight Tubeworker Wed, 12/02/2009 - 16:42

It’s a good job that Tube workers and rank-and-file union reps are up for a fight about pay - because it does not look much like our union leaders are. First, TSSA accept the paltry, pay-cutting offer, then ASLEF’s leaders overturn the decision of their own reps’ meeting and recommend it in a referendum. Now RMT’s leaders send out ‘Vote Yes’ publicity for the union’s industrial action ballot which could not be more lukewarm if it tried.

Anti-Union Laws Strike Again Tubeworker Thu, 11/26/2009 - 08:26

Last month, an unelected, unaccountable, (probably) octogenarian, public-school-educated chap in a wig ruled that RMT's ballot for industrial action on EDF Powerlink was illegal.

It was something about the precise grade title of an engineer or a technician not being exactly "engineer" or "technician". Whatever the pretext, it was not a genuine reason but an excuse. The honourable wig-wearer was appalled that the slaves were getting restless and knew that his job was to slap them back into their places.

Chuck Out This Insulting Redeployment "Offer"

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 10:21

So London Underground has made an "offer" on the claim for a guaranteed job for anyone who becomes medically unfit to do their current job. But the "offer" is a joke. The unions should laugh at it and chuck it out of the window.

It will be portrayed by those who want to big it up as progress on the claim, but read it (click here) and you will see that it has more holes than a sieve.

Why Are We Waiting? Tubeworker Mon, 11/09/2009 - 19:10

Nearly five weeks ago, RMT reps met to discuss 'where next?' with the LU dispute, spoke broadly in favour of a re-ballot and voted unanimously to reject the pay offer. Over five weeks ago, RMT's executive decided to re-ballot.

And since then? Rank and file reps have put out posters saying, 'RMT will be balloting you soon', but we've hardly had a word from RMT's leadership on when this will happen. It should have been last week, but as far as we know, it won't even be this week.

LUL Dispute: Vote Yes! Tubeworker Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:13

Following a meeting of all its LU reps, RMT has decided to ballot its members for strike action and action short of strike over the pay offer (1.5% this year, 0.5% next year).

This is our chance to have a say over our pay until 2011.

RMT is balloting for strike action because to simply reject the deal is not enough. We need to show LUL that there will be consequences if nothing improves.

Pay Fight Back On: Dust Off Those Picket Armbands! Tubeworker Wed, 10/07/2009 - 13:44

It looks like the fight for a decent pay rise could be on again, after a big meeting of RMT reps yesterday voted unanimously to reject the offer and renew the campaign. Despite concerns about some staff wanting to ‘swallow’ what everyone knows is a rubbish offer, and despite the pathetic inaction of the other unions, the majority of reps said that their members were either ready to take action, or could be convinced to.

Don't Let the Truth Get in the Way of Propaganda Tubeworker Wed, 08/19/2009 - 15:01

LUL has today issued a circular stating that RMT has "announced the resolution of its dispute with us". Either RMT has closed off the dispute without telling its members (possible, but unlikely) or LUL's Director of Employee Relations is lying (probable).

Unite and Fight! Tubeworker Wed, 08/19/2009 - 12:24

All Tube workers know at heart that if all our unions took united action over pay and other issues, we could win so much more. All unions have rejected LUL's crap pay offer and should stand together to fight it; so far only RMT is doing anything.

In The Dark Tubeworker Fri, 08/14/2009 - 11:27

It seems that there may have been a breakthrough on the issue of compulsory redundancies and fresh talks at ACAS on pay - read RMT's circular here. However, details are as yet unclear. The shortage of definite information about what is going on with our dispute has been causing frustration among rank-and-file RMT activists.