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RMT Engineers Step Up for the Fight on London Underground

On August 27, the RMT's London Regional Council debated and voted unanimously to support a motion from the RMT's Engineering branch about the crisis workers on London Underground face, and the way forward.

RMT has stated that "since 2013, £7bn of cuts have been imposed onto TfL and the tube by central government and the London Mayor... The Covid-19 pandemic has brought TfL funding to a crisis point even before we had expected."

The engineers' motion reads:

"LU Engineering Branch and the London Transport Regional Council note the disastrous effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the tube due in large part to the unpreparedness of the British Government, DfT, TfL and London Underground.

"Apart from the threat to the lives of transport workers and passengers, the company's collective ineptness has plunged London Underground into deep financial crisis leading to the London Mayor and his TfL Team negotiating an operational loan from the government with such derisory terms that any negotiator worth their salt would be totally ashamed of themselves.

"Among the government's terms for the loan, the notorious auditing consultants and hatchet-men KPMG are now reviewing the finances of London Underground under instruction to finalise their report and recommendations by the end of August - this month.

"This branch and regional council call on the RMT NEC to instruct the General Secretary to write to London Underground without any delay demanding:

" * An unambiguous written confirmation within 14 days that the company will abide by the health & safety principles contained in the RMT London Underground Covid-19 Charter.

" * An unambiguous written confirmation within 14 days that the company will not make any changes to members terms and conditions of employment, Framework Agreements or any other agreements negotiated at any level of the LU Machinery of Negotiation and Consultation or the LU Health and Safety Machinery without the express agreement of this union.

"The NEC is to Instruct the General Secretary that if no adequate replies are received from London Underground within the allotted 14 days; the General Secretary is to inform the company that a dispute exists between this union and London Underground, and without any delay to commence a ballot of all members on London Underground for strike action and if deemed appropriate upon consultation with LU branches a ballot for industrial action short of a strike."

(Unjum Mirza, Counterfire)


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