Industrial action

The real strength of any union lies in our power to withdraw our labour. This section of the website covers why, when and how we take industrial action.

Job Cuts - Overtime Ban Ended

I write to advise members that the Job Cuts dispute was discussed yesterday at the union’s Annual General Meeting. Following a considered debate it was decided by conference to suspend the continuous overtime ban which has been in place since last year. Members are therefore instructed to work normally with regard to overtime.

Reminder: Ongoing 'Action Short of Strikes'

All members are reminded that the ‘Action short of strike’ is still in place, consisting of:
- refusal of any higher grade working other than in the ticket office
- no overtime
- boycott of the policy of £5 minimum Oyster top-up.

RMT Wins Landmark Victory in Court of Appeal on Strike Laws

From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow:

I am delighted to be able to report that this morning in the Court of Appeal RMT has secured a massive landmark victory on the UK strike laws over our dispute on Serco Docklands.

Your right to boycott the £5 minimum policy

It has come to the my attention that misinformation is being given out relating to the minimum £5 top up. It has been reported that managers are telling staff members that if they do not adhere to the minimum £5 Oyster top up they will face disciplinary action.

Enhanced AFM Functionality / Line Reserve

To keep pressure on against further LU stations job cuts, RMT has decided to boycott the ‘line reserve’ and enhanced AFM functionality policies. These are both measures which assist LU to manage with fewer staff, paving the way for future job cuts.

Appeal For Members To Attend Picket Lines And Show Support For Arwyn Thomas

Dear Station Staff Member

You will probably be aware that your Union RMT have been defending a series of attacks by LUL Management on Trade Union Reps,Members and Activists.LU have been engaged in a campaign to smash Trade Unionism in the workplace.

STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED - London Underground: Victimisation of Reps and Activists


Dear Colleagues,

I write to advise members that all strike action that was due to commence next week has been suspended following talks with the company. All RMT Train Operators and Instructor Operators are instructed to work normally. A summary of the agreement reached is as follows: -

Job Cuts Dispute-Ticket Office Review

RMT SFC Reps John Kelly and Neil Cochrane alongside our TSSA colleagues met LUL management at ACAS on Tuesday 18th January regarding the Ticket Office Review.

BBC report of no January strikes against job cuts is INACCURATE

This morning, the BBC has reported that RMT will not hold strikes against London Underground job cuts during the month of January, and attributes this to a "highly-placed RMT source". This report is wrong. [The BBC has changed its report since it originally publish it, but it is still inaccurate, although less so than previously.]

London Underground Job Cuts - the fight continues

The RMT Executive's current position on industrial action in the continuing dispute about London Underground job cuts is as follows:

  • to press LUL for further talks [which have now been set up] prior to an escalation of this dispute.
  • to make dispute payments to members in the event of further strike action

Why RMT and TSSA Have Suspended the Overtime Ban for New Year's Eve/Day

From Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

Overtime Ban Suspended for New Year's Eve/Day

From Bob Crow, General Secretary:

I write to advise branches of the latest GGC decision in relation to our ongoing dispute over job cuts on LUL. The General Grades Committee has recently met to discuss the situation and the following decision has been taken: -

Message from Bob Crow to Tube strikers

LUL safety and jobs – congratulations on another solid strike

Dear Colleague,

I would like to congratulate you on delivering another rock-solid strike to defend safety and jobs.

TfL’s dishonesty about the effects of the dispute, as well as their lies over unstaffed stations have now well and truly caught up with them and that the public no longer trust them.

It is clear that our industrial action has been having a cumulative effect and that today’s action has been the most effective yet.

Management Threats and Bullying

A message from Steve Hedley, RMT Regional Organiser

The RMT strike action and action short of a strike is taking place after a legally held ballot. You may have seen an employee relations bulletin suggesting that you can get into trouble for going on strike or refusing to abide by the 5 pounds minimum top up policy, this is nonsense.


Unions offer to recommend suspension of tube action if management agree to twelve week suspension of staffing cuts plans to allow for thorough safety evaluation

Personal letter to Bakerloo station staff: Defend Eamonn Lynch

Dear Colleague,


Tube staff to strike again to defend safety and jobs

Suspend cuts and we will halt strikes, say RMT and TSSA

STRIKE ACTION by more than 11,000 members of RMT and TSSA, the two biggest unions on London Underground, will go ahead tomorrow evening after Tube bosses again failed to suspend their “dangerous and unnecessary” plan to axe 800 safety critical station staff.

Consider This ...

Jon Abdullah, an RMT activist who works on the SRT, considers some important points for you to remember about our action to defend jobs ...

1. Abuse of power ...

Disciplinary process
Attendance process

Support for our strikes from a passenger

My travel to and from work was quite severely disrupted on Monday 4 oct. But I do support your action

  • People should not lose their jobs
  • I really need a safe travel system
  • I need safe stations
  • Remembering the roles staff played in helping commuters on 7/7

All the best

Jennifer Mann

LU Staffing Cuts Dispute - Letter to the Prime Minister

RMT and TSSA have today sent the following letter to Prime Minister David Cameron:

Dear Mr Cameron

London Underground Dispute

We are writing to ask you to intervene to ensure direct talks take place between the trade unions and the Mayor of London.