I write to advise branches that the above matter has been considered again by the General Grades Committee and has made the following decision:-
“We note that our London Underground service control representatives and members met on Wednesday 18 April. They feel strongly that London Underground Ltd has not responded adequately to their concerns, and wish RMT to begin a ballot for strike action and action short of strike forthwith.
We therefore instruct the General Secretary to:
· commence this ballot
· set timescales for it which co-ordinate with other disputes in the London Transport region, so long as this is practical and does not unnecessarily delay action in any dispute
· send a personal letter by post to all members involved, urging them to vote Yes to both questions
· provide support and resources to our Regional Council’s service control grades committee to organise for this dispute
London Transport Regional Council, branches and London Underground service control representatives to be advised.”
I am currently acting in accordance with this decision and will keep branches informed of further developments.