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  • 1. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 East London Rail Branch New s Email: eastlondonrail@rmt.org.uk Chair: John Clarke– 07795237318 Secretary: Ed Shine–07889249392 National Union of Rail, Maritime, & Transport Workers’ GENERAL SECRETARY: Bob CrowSPECIAL ELECTION NON-ISSUE!VOTE:NONEOF THEABOVE‘THOSE WHO CHOOSE THE PARLIAMENTARY HUNG PARLIAMENT???ROAD TO CHANGE THINGS, DO NOT MERELYCHOOSE A MORE TRANQUIL PATH TO THESAME REVOLUTION AS US... BUT A COM-PLETELY DIFFERENT GOAL’ VOTE FOR YOUR CLASS VOTE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY DON’T VOTE GOVERNMENTS!!!THURSDAY MAY 6TH ...NATIONAL NON-EVENT NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: 1 The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY (NUMBER/ EMAIL, AT TOP) FOR DETAILS
  • 2. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 THOUGHT FOR THE MOMENT RELIGION :‘The opiate of the peo-FOR BOTHER GLENN WALLIS, WE BELIEVE RECENTLY SACKED BY ple’ -Karl Marx (1848)NETWORK RAIL FOR TRADE UNION ACTIVITIES, FROM OURCOMRADES IN PERTH #1 BRANCH (SCOTLAND)... ‘RELIGION: The biggest con in history. Designed to deny people their birthright and their right to con- trol their own lives and destiny and to bullshit them on their own history. It is hypocrisy pure and simple. There is no good God or Dear Lord protecting your silver-haired mother or little daughter: only you; those who claim otherwise are HYPOCRITES and LIARS who want you weaker. Have you noticed that those who preach tolerance, peace, and for- giveness are those who are the first to bully you, pressure you, and lie to you. Believe in yourself and yours and don’t believe a fuckin dicky bird the hypocrites tell you.’ -Ed Shine, Branch Secretary ‘Managers are particularly prone to Religion; much as children are prone to gullibility’ -Ed Shine, Branch Secretary (1973– to present... For now) NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: 2 The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 3. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 ‘I wish to complain in the strongest possible way about the attempts by management to change our rosters ,it would seem that be- cause of the secondment of staff to Over ground House ,and the funding of agency staff to re- place them, has become to much of a burden ,and by chang- ing our shift patterns would save Lorol the expense. In recent weeks the rostering manager has taken it upon him- self to send covering S.t.m staff on duty 15 minutes be-fore the end of the morning shift which did not al-low a break to be taken ,once again the explana-tion was to save money ,fortunately I was the staff member involved and the ac-tion was nipped in the bud , most recently an at-tempt has been made to change our seven day roster to five day roster ,again to save money on agency expenditure and what is most disturb-ing ,it has been suggested that the only way we could keep our exist-ing shifts would be by working until the last train, Surly this then becomes a health &safety issue .I feel that it is time the RMT looked into the situation before mattersget out of hand ,as it would seem that management are using the sta-tion staff as scapegoats for there glaring budgetary blunders.’Year Ending Award Minimum31st March 2011 3.7% or Feb 2010 RPI (whichever is greater) 3.7%31st March 2012 RPI + 0.75% 2.0%31st March 2013 RPI + 1.0% 2.0% · A 3-year deal, effective 1st April 2010, RPI will be based on February preceding the anniversary date which remains unchanged.  A minimum annual award of £850 for each of the three years for staff paid £17,000 or less as at March 2010. · In recognition to recent changes to on-call roster arrangement, a one-off payment of £500 will be paid to SDM and CSM grades in Year 1. A minimum increase of £1,200 to basic pay will be applied in Year 2. This is not additional to the Year 2 Pay Award but effectively acts as a safety net. · An increase in Paternity Pay from 1 week at full pay and 1 week at statutory pay to 1 week at full pay and 1 week at half pay, effective 1st April 2010. · An increase in Maternity Pay from 6 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay to 12 weeks full pay and 6 weeks half pay, effective 1st April 2010. · A commitment to separate discussions around the issue of the Olympic Games.  A commitment to continue dialogue regarding the shorter working week including establishing an additional Com pany Council Meeting. · Learning Agreement to go ahead outside of pay award. · An agreed move from Specially Monitored Driver (SMD) to a continued professional development system.  · LOROL will table a proposal jointly with the Trade Unions at ATOC for enhanced travel benefits for retired staff. The Secretary is dealing with a current Individual Grievance from one of our long-standing members at Stratford International Station. This is still at an early stage; an Q&A as recently heard at which the facts were examined. The Network Rail Manager behaved very fairly, accepting the Secretary‟s demand to speak fully and frankly, and did not flinch from the somewhat personal and damning statements that had to be made. The Branch was informed that fuller details of the case will be able to be givenlater, but suffice it to say that at this early stage the case deals with racial harassment, management bullying, lack of Duty ofCare, and victimisation for Trade Union activities. So even at this early stage, it seems inevitable that this can only beresolved at an Employment Tribunal; dependant as usual on whether Network Rail have had their gutful of the Courts! NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2009, 1700 HOURS: NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: 3 The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 4. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010We call upon the European Railways Agency (ERA) to give a clear commitment thatrail safety and jobs will not be sacrificed in the interests of competition and profit. RMT, along with transport unions from other European countries, is calling on the EuropeanWe note that: Railways Agency (ERA) to give a clear commit-• the ERA is responsible for implementing the rules governing the European inter-nal ment that rail safety and jobs will not be sacri- ficed in the interests of competition andmarket across national rail systems; profit.• since 2006 liberalisation of rail freight has led rail unions to raise serious con-cerns over safety following a series of avoidable accidents involving privatised RMT is calling on all transport unions and or-freight operators including in the Channel Tunnel (21 August 2006 and 11 Septem- ganisations that defend public transport andber 2008), Montauban (26 April 2008), Livernan (21 May 2009), Viareggio (29 June the environment to oppose the systematic2009), destruction of national rail networks, jobs and• the Inter-Governmental Commission on the Channel tunnel is examining the safety standards brought about as a result ofsafety regime to prepare the route to meet European Union requirements to open the implementation of European Union railinternational passenger traffic to competition from 1 January 2010; liberalisation packages.• the UK secretariat of the IGC safety authority has said that in light of Europeanrail legislation it is time to ask whether current safety rules remain relevant. CANE THE EU!!! -THE ‘BOSSES CLUB’• Eurostar is the only passenger train operator that satisfies the current safety regime;• the current review of safety appears likely to scrap the requirement that passenger trains using the tunnel be able to split in half andleave in separate directions in the event of an emergency;• the escape doors from the main tunnels to the emergency service tunnel that runs between them are 375 metres apart -a standard-length train could find itself stranded some distance from an escape door in a fire, forcing passengers to travel further on foot, possi-bly through smoke, to reach an exit; We reject any weakening of operational safety rules governing cross-border rail traffic. We areconcerned that the drive to competition contained in the EU rail packages is causing national and international safety authorities toput the interests of competition before safety.We call on all transport unions and organisations that defend public transport and the environment to oppose the systematic destruc-tion of national rail networks, jobs and safety standards brought about as a result of the implementation of European Union rail liber-alisation packages.We call for:• Sustainable development of a publicly-owned, socially-responsible, high-quality, integrated railway;• Development of a railway with vocational training and occupational health and safety for workers, thus helping secure a high-quality,safe service for the public;• Valuing rail workers, by increasing their wages and improving their working conditions, with full, permanent employment rights, rec-ognising workers as the core element in transport services;• An improved system of collective bargaining, as a means to solving industrial disputes, based on the assumption that negotiatingworking conditions is sign of social progress.Because EU rail liberalisation packages are not just contrary to trade union perspectives but are having a negative effect on our socie-ties, on rail users and workers, as a first step, we are calling for a mass protest at the offices of the European Railway Agency in Lille onTuesday 13 April 2010.Signed: RMT; ASLEF; CGT; SNTSF. NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, 4 Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 5. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 Although the Branch has condemned, and continues to condemn, the use of Agency labour by the various Pirate companies our members work for as an excuse to cut jobs and keep directly-employed staff at a minimum, we also condemn the discrimination faced daily by a large swathe of workers, many of whom we work alongside every day.... Agency Workers.  20% of agency workers are from ethnic minorities and particularly from Asian/ Asian British or Black / Black British backgrounds compared with just 9% of all employees (Labour Thousands of agency workers Force Survey, Winter 2009)across the UK face discrimination at  Young workers. According to Labour Force Survey datawork. They are frequently paid less (Winter 2009), agency workers are most likely to be under 30and have worse terms and conditions years of age, accounting for just under half of all agencythan their directly employed workers, (48%).colleagues, even where they work  According to TUC analysis of the LFS 2009, agency workersalongside them, doing exactly the earn 70.5% of that of permanent staffsame job. Employers have been able  In a survey of more than 2,700 individuals conducted for theto do this because discrimination TUC by YouGov in 2009, 33% of agency workers reportedagainst agency workers is currently they had faced pay discrimination as compared with directlylegal. employed staff doing the same job.  According to the LFS Microdata Service (Winter 2009), nearly The TUC and affiliated trade unions have 40% of agency workers are paid £6.00 or less per hour, as campaigned for equal treatment rights for compared to just 15.6% of all employees. This is particularly agency workers for many years. In 2008, the worrying when a third of agency workers are in households EU Temporary Agency Worker Directive was with dependent children (LFS Winter 2009). finally adopted. Agreement on the Directive  46% of respondents to the 2009 You Gov survey reported was in part facilitated by an agreement they had received less favourable holiday entitlement as reached in the UK between the CBI, the TUC compared to staff employed directly by a hirer. and the Government. This agreement now  47% of respondents to the 2009 YouGov survey reported less forms the basis of the Agency Worker Regu- entitlement to childcare facilities provided by the hirer com- lations which were laid before Parliament in pared with permanent staff. January 2010. It is expected that the Regula- tions will be adopted before the General Election although the new rights would not You should receive 5.6 weeks paid You should receive maternity and come into effect until October 2011. The Di- annual leave. sick pay. rective must be implemented in the UK by November 2011. It is unlawful under the 1973 An agency cannot with- also have the right to be accompanied ance hearing by either a trade union You are allowed to join a union. You at a workplace disciplinary or griev- The Agency Worker Regulations 2010 seek Employment Agencies Act hold payment from youto implement the Directive in the UK. for an agency to charge a fee simply because theyThe Regulations will create new rights for agency to workers seeking place- have not received pay- representative or a colleague. ments in other industries ment from the hirer, orworkers including: and occupations. The new because you cannot regulations prevent agencies produce a signed time Equal treatment after 12 weeks on pay, holi- from requiring work-seekers sheet. Where the hiring days and working time as compared with staff to pay for additional services company refuses to employed directly by a user employer. (such as CV writing, training, sign a time sheet, it is Equal access to collective facilities and ameni- or the provision of personal the agency‟s responsi- ties such as canteens, transport protective equipment) as a bility to establish the services, childcare from day one in an assign- condition of using the work- hours that you actually ment. finding services of the worked. You should be agency. paid for these. NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: 5 The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 6. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 "The BNP are like winter potholes. They slide into a gap in our communities and wait for bad weather."In just a few weeks’ time the British National Party could achieve its biggest breakthroughto date by winning control of its first council, with a £200 million a year budget, and even aparliamentary seat or two. It would herald a massive breakthrough for a party that only tenyears ago had just a thousand members and was largely irrelevant.Alternatively, in just a few weeks’ time the BNP could have been defeated in its electoral bidand end up with fewer councillors than it has now. The outcome of these elections will go a long way to determin- ing the extent of the BNP threat over the next few years. HOPE not hate co-ordinator Nick Lowles looks at the 2010 elec- tion campaign and highlights what needs to be done. On the streets of Barking and Dagenham you can sense a mood. Few people remain unde- cided and most have a view. Over the past few weeks I have accompanied a succession of journalists around the Becontree estate and the shops on Dagenham Heathway. Few have left unshocked. The overt racism, the fear and the anger. Everyone can sense it. As we give out leaflets out- side Dagenham Heathway station men, and they are usually men, shout “BNP” from their cars. Some young women refuse to take our leaflets. They complain about a shortage of housing, too many immigrants and jobs being taken by eastern Europeans. “This isn‟t our area any more,” is a regular response. “They” – the word is pronounced in a heavy and derogatory tone – “are being given houses”. It can be depressing and even demoralising to hear these views. You just hope that the jour- nalist is too busy talking to shoppers to hear the worst of the abuse, knowing full well it will get reported. But there is another side to Barking and Dagenham, one that is rarely recorded in the media. People are beginning to stand up to the British National Party. On a cold but bright January morning the HOPE not hate (HnH) campaign kicked off its 2010 campaign with a well attended Day of Action. Over 80 people took part, most from the bor- RMT rally outside The ough itself. Most encouragingly, about 30 local people were new to the campaign and forBroadway Theatre, Barking. some it was their first political activity. A month later, in a plush room at the Royal Society Arts in centralExtinct Species; then and now: London, Sandra Vincent, a GMB organiser from Barking, gave an impassioned speech on the need to support the HOPE not hate campaign. A working-class mother of two, who has lived in the borough for 20 years, she told the suited and well-heeled audi- ence at a HOPE not hate fundraising event how scared she would be for her children if the BNP took control of the council. The Dinosaurs... The Dodo... “I need you to help them [HnH] to help me to help my children to help our community,” she concluded. It brought the threat we are facing into clear perspective. In just a few weeks the BNP might take control of Barking and Dagenham council. If it does then the floodgates for further success for the racist party will be open. The Quagga... The Griffin... www.hopenothate.org.uk Tel: 020 7681 8660 NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: 6 The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 7. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 NEW RMT REPRESENTATIVE BRO. MANSFIELD ‘DOES THE JOB’ Bro. Mansfield, Local Rep at Chingford De- pot, reported on the successful conclusion, CLEANERS ATTACKED AT in a recent very serious and potentially ca- LIVERPOOL STREET reer threatening case for one of our loyal and long-serving members. He had 6½It was reported that new Train Presentation years unblemished service and therefore management in their supposed role of cus- A member was threatened withTeam Leaders have been posted at Liver- todians of care should have noticed a being placed on a Stage 3 MfA re-pool Street from Orient Way and Ilford change his work behaviour pattern. His garding an issue with Sundays. HeYard for the purposes of implementing personal situation was extremely serious was unable to attend work for per-cleaning improvements. but none of this came out until the Hear- sonal reasons and informed theIt is alleged that staff have been getting ing. However in a rare demonstration of Company at a days notice. It waspulled off a train and then getting put back some understanding the Award of Punish- noted that on any other day of theon which unnecessarily stresses staff and ment was relatively light, bearing in mind week he could have applied andaffects their performance and well-being at an offence had been committed undoubtedly received Emergencywork. Viz, if ,managers do not know what (although with major mitigation). We con- Annual Leave but due to the facttrains are being cleaned or should be get- gratulate Bro. Mansfield on his perspicacity that Leave cannot be booked for ating cleaned, should they actually be man- and perseverance in bringing this delicate Sunday, some Lame-brain threat-aging? and serious matter to a conclusion satis- ened to put him down as sick. Luck-Or can‟t they manage? ily a slightly more compos mentis factory to our member.Four cases have arisen. Depot Manager knocked that on the head by NOT holding a RTW.One member removed their blue vest post. Worked at Shenfield today; did notwhilst on PNB and left it on the cleaning have time yesterday through discussing AWOL? - CAN THEY SPELL IT?!trolley. Was then disciplined for not wear- issue with the Union, and told by anothering it, and is possibly suspended. Manager to stay at Liverpool Street until THE Branch Secretary is currently sorted with the RMT. Therefore: was actu- progressing a Legal Claim on behalfA member had a heated discussion with ally obeying a direct instruction from a of a member who may have beenthe Team Leader and was supposedly in- Manager. deducted wages in conflict to thevestigated. Returned to work pending a Statutory Rules laid down in theForm 1. Then sent to work at Shenfield, A full-time member had a confrontation Employment Rights Act 1996notwithstanding that Liverpool Street is with a Team Leader over whether a toilet (Section 13).their contracted place of work. The mem- was not cleaned properly. Now suspended,ber is part-time and books-on/ off at Liver- presumably pending a Form 1. This mem- A manager took it upon himself topool Street; therefore a quarter of the shift ber is very quiet and does not get into ar- re-write the Company Procedure onwill be taken up by travelling, not including guments lightly which shows how serious „Absence without Leave‟.PNB. Due to child-care issues, there is a it was. Perhaps the Board would like toproviso that mobile-phone sign off is avail- Another part-time member was possibly have a word with him for over-able in the event of service disruption. It given an instruction to clean an InterCity ruling their own Agreements?!was reported that with a Form 1 pending toilet at rush hour when this is not booked If he had obeyed his Manager‟s(due to the alleged argument with a Team to take place until after 09:30. The member instruction, he would have beenLeader) another one may now be pending is only booked-on until 10:00 which makes breaking the law, and the Manageron a charge of disobeying a direct verbal the time to clean any toilets slim. was guilty of encouraging him toinstruction; the member queried with man- break the law. So he is nailed It appears that a fifth of the Liverpoolagement and the RMT why they should go immediately. Street Train Presentation link has been sus-to Shenfield as their place of work was Liv- NEXT MEETING: ON THIS MATTER pended within the week. Is this wholeerpool Street and they were not in a Relief 44, BROADWAY, STRATFORD, E15. Department under attack?! NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, 7 Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS
  • 8. East London Rail Branch News Vol II, Issue 8 Late April 2010 PHONE: 0207 7529 8835 NEXT BRANCH MEETING: TUESDAY 18th MAY 2010, 1700 HOURS: The Railway Tavern Public House (Conservatory room), Angel Lane, Stratford, London E15… CONTACT THE SECRETARY FOR DETAILS. 8