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Why Unions Are Good for Workers, Guardian newspaper 27/06/11

find the attached pdf

Being a union member means you are working for better pay and conditions!

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.

Pay claim 2011

I couldn't find this anywhere else so decided to post it here for all to see.

Level 1 Meeting 7th December 2010

From the Level 1 meeting 19th of October 2010

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.

The Questionable Practices of SIS

SIS have been doing the rounds at stations, asking questions, giving out questionable information, and reporting on staff attitudes to Management - everyword seemingly unquestioned.

Read the attachment for a fuller account and suggestions for dealing with spies.

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.

Proposed Process for the Displacement of Over-Establishment Staff


Following a meeting between functional reps and LU management, a proposal by LU has been presented to the TU's for moving the OE staff into established positions this proposal is as follows:

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.

Mind the Reality Gap when it comes to cleaning uniform.

Gerry Duffy's recent letter to Bob Crow about uniform cleaning token shows that there is a great divide between what management think they know and what it actually the case.

Cleaning Vouchers & Fleece Uniform Consultative Committee 12th August 2011

Report from Gavin Bowtell. RMT Industrial and Health & Safety Rep for the Liverpool Street group on the recent Uniform Consultative Committee.

PDF below can be printed off for display.

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.

1st installment of SIGNAL for 2011,.

Includes a special letter from Malcolm Taylor the Staff Side Secretary.

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:
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.

Level 1 Minutes 19th of October 2010

Please find the attached minutes of the latest Level 1 Meeting.

President of the London Transport Region hot off the Evening Standard Press

TfL claim that only the delays on the Metropolitan Line this week were caused by the RMT's overtime ban, imposed in protest at massive job cuts.