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June July Edition of Signal for Liverpool Street Group

Dear Colleagues,

In this June/July edition of SIGNAL you will find information and articles on:

Framework Agreement 22a (which outline what management can and CANNOT ask you to do on stations. Very important to read this part.
New H&S rep for Liverpool Street Group.
Letters of Suitable Advice.
Positive results from taking local action.
Dry Cleaning Tokens.

Liverpool Street Group Job Losses

Dear Colleagues,
This morning I met with the GSM who presented me and the TSSA rep with the new rosters.

As we look at our local predicament we must not lose sight of the attack on jobs in other locations, and the fact that our nightmare has become reality for someone somewhere on the combine.

A tale of two stations

A warm welcome to our new colleagues from Barbican and Farringdon

On the 23rd of August 2009 Barbican and Farringdon, staff rostered at those stations and some reserve staff joined the Liverpool Street group.

Introducing your new rep.

I was elected as industrial rep for the Liverpool Street Group in May this year. The following is my introduction which was sent round to all station on the group.

If you have any issues that you would like to discuss with me please email them to me.

Signal September/October 2011

In this edition read about:

The Pay Offer (what it is and what is happening).

Barbican returns to SS3 but what about the rostered Supers there? The rep believes they should be able to remain there on their SS2 salary. LUL disagree's.

Opening Staff Lockers - Train side seem to have a procedure for this station side does not.

The Hammersmith & City Branch AGM.

SIGNAL August Edition

Dear Colleagues in this edition of SIGNAL you can read about:

• The idea of using reasonable force/ and counter attack
• Olympic rewards and recognition (from Stations Functional Council)
• Barbican and Farringdon Upgrade/downgrade developments (from Stations Functional Council)
• Wheelchair user evac training – a Health and Safety Bulletin

"Hard times still to come but it will only be made easier if we stand together" - New Year Message from Malcolm Taylor

2010 was a tough year for our members with increases in workloads due to the amount of vacancies not being filled by the company, and facing the prospect of mass job cuts, displacements and a huge ramp up from management in sending people to company disciplinary interviews (where a vast majority of these ending in sackings), so it is with pride that I see our membership is still solid and remains the majority voice within LU.

Displaced Part-Time Staff and the Part-time workers (prevention of less favourable treatment) Regulations 2000

Part Time Employees Being Treated Less Favourably

Below is a template of what you should advise a member to do if they are part time and they believe that they have been less favourably treated than a full time colleague, this template has been sent out to all reps by email.

Looking after someone: a guide to carers’ rights and benefits 2010/11

So you’re a carer?

Like most carers you’ve probably answered ‘no’ to that question. That’s one of the things about being a ‘carer’ - you don’t really see yourself as one! Most of us just think of ourselves as a mum or dad, a son or daughter, a husband, wife, partner or friend. And yet the experience of looking after a family member, partner or friend is very common.

Management's Response and our Failure to Agree: Job Cuts and Roster 2010

Dear Colleagues you may remember the details of our collective grievance from back in August 2010 if not you can find them by following this link: http://www.rmtplatform.org.uk/node/857.
The GSM has now provided a response which I have repudiated today. Please take a look. It’s six pages long, but it will give you a clear idea of what I’ve been up to in level 1 meetings.