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London Underground Stations dispute: Further update and talks to continue…

6 May 2014

A number of further meetings were held last week which ended with the agreed date for a re-convened meeting at ACAS on Friday. A reminder on a couple of headline proposals we put to the company last week:

 

· We remain opposed in principle to the closure of ticket offices and to job cuts. We feel the station by station review will give us the opportunity to highlight the many flaws in LU’s plans on this.

· No member of staff should end up on protection of earnings for 3 years and a subsequent reduction in salary and pension. We intend to ensure that Phil Hufton delivers on his promise that he ‘does not want anyone to lose money’ For us, this means that we will not accept any member of staff experiencing any salary or pension cut from this re-organisation!

The agreement announced at ACAS on Bank Holiday Monday merely reflects the progress made by TSSA at talks on Thursday 1 May.

Furthermore we went into some detail on what a station by station review will include and our expectations of what a properly staffed station looks like and that implementation should not cut across the review process.

Phil Hufton put out his statement of 23 April stating LUL do not want any staff to lose out in terms of salary following TSSA representations. We have since worked through how this can work in practice for our members. Minutes of meetings from earlier last week will show the extent this been progressed. LU finally agreed the process from which nobody will lose anything from their substantive salary in these proposals – prior to ACAS.

We have found that actually sitting in the same room as management and engaging seriously in negotiations delivers results. Clearly others agree, as the points we negotiated now form the basis of the agreement to call off the strikes.

All staff benefit from our skill at the negotiating table. We are more than happy to assist our sister unions whenever possible.

United we bargain, divided we beg!

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