The determined campaign by ASLEF Health & Safety Council reps, supported by EC member Terry Wilkinson, has delivered real progress on making driving cabs secure.
Management and your reps have now agreed on a prototype lock that will be developed over the next six months. Once the procurement process is complete, the lock will be installed on trains across the Underground network.
The lock will meet our twin objectives of securing the cab from intruders while allowing access in an emergency by using a combination of a key and an override mechanism. We believe this will make the job safer for every driver and provide a better working environment for those who feel most vulnerable.
Based on this progress, the ASLEF Executive Committee has decided to suspend the combine wide strike planned for December 7th.
There is no doubt that this has only been achieved by the determination and persistence of ASLEF Health and Safety reps. They refused to take No for an answer and visited branches and depots across the Underground to explain the importance of the issue and ensure we got the Yes vote needed to
RMT Parliamentary demonstration & rally
Tuesday 29th January 2019
5.00pm: (sharp) Demonstration opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY)
6.30pm: Rally in the Houses of Parliament
London Underground’s 3000 cleaners have been outsourced to global contractor ABM.
Despite working unsocial hours, in dirty and hazardous conditions, our cleaners are being treated less favourably compared to other workers directly employed by Underground.
That means inferior sick pay, holidays, pensions and travel facilities.
On top of this the cleaning workforce is set to be cut by a third from 3000 to 2000, piling the pressure on these hard-pressed workers.
RMT is holding a demo and rally at Parliament to demand, No Cleaning Job CutsEqual Conditions with London Underground workers Bring all cleaning work in-house.
All RMT Branches are asked to send a delegation to the demo and rally. Please also ensure your Branch cleaning member’s coordinator is included in the delegation.
We are an all grades union. Please show solidarity with our cleaning members on 29th January.
Matt Wrack – Fire Brigades Union
Kevin Courtney – National Education Union – NUT Section
Unmesh Desai – GLA member
Earlier this week the Leader of Barnet Council made the following public apology:
As a result of the apology Barnet UNISON initiated an emergency ballot of the views of our Bin worker members.
Barnet Bin workers were asked this question:
“Do you think the new round restructure is a success?”
100% of Barnet UNISON Bin workers balloted agreed the new round changes have failed Barnet residents.
Here are some of their comments:
“Simply the rounds are too big, with the addition of flats and restricted access and the result in not finishing within allocated time”
“Too big, too much work and too many Lorries in one road”
“Residents confused, rounds too big to complete, management gave us new rounds without even consulting with us”
“No leadership, no management, no consultation, no hope”
“Too much work, not put out in order for new structure too work, utter chaos”
Before 4th November 2018 all rounds were completed with very few complaints from residents
Since 4th November 2018 a large number of rounds are not being completed within allocated time, leaving bins uncollected, 1000’s of complaints from residents.
On Wednesday 28 November 2018, the Environment Committee were informed that as a result of the Bin changes the Council were paying between £15-20k in overtime per week simply to try and catch up with missed bin collections.
Could this have been avoided?
Yes, Barnet UNISON had flagged up 49 questions provided by our Bin worker members on 5 October 2018, four weeks before the launch of the new service.
Barnet UNISON received no responses to these questions.
Barnet UNISON can only conclude that the Council were confident that our serious and fundamental questions (from the workforce) were already addressed in their proposed new Bin service.
For the last four weeks Barnet UNISON has listened to anecdotal feedback from our members and read the comments made by the public about #Bingate.
Something is fundamentally wrong with the Bin changes. The workforce are working long hours to try and catch up but it is simply not enough. There are only four weeks to Christmas a time where there is always an increase in refuse and recycling.
Come and hear first hand residents’ evidence.
Register here at Eventbrite.
Organised by BAPS and Barnet Unison
Barnet Co-op Party Branch Meeting
Chipping Barnet Labour Party Offices, 104 East Barnet Road, EN4 8RE
Barnet Co-operative Party is hosting a talk by community energy specialist Dr Afsheen Rashid. Afsheen is the CEO of Repowering London . A former Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and current Chair of Community Energy England, Afsheen is a leading figure in the field of community energy generation and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for her work in renewable energy in deprived London communities. In her talk, Dr Raschid will talk about the community-owned solar energy project on the Banister House Estate in Hackney.
Banister House Solar
Banister House Solar is the first community owned solar energy project in Hackney as well as the UK’s largest community energy project on social housing. Hackney Council commissioned Repowering London to develop this project in January 2014. Repowering London has worked to develop this project alongside residents of the Banister House Estate and local energy advocacy group Hackney Energy. The project development has been funded and supported by Hackney Council.
On the 3rd of October 2015 Banister House Solar went live, generating renewable, community-owned electricity for the Banister House Estate and its residents.
- The co-operative was established with 4 local directors from Banister House Estate.
- 25 local young people were engaged in the 30 week paid internship programme.
- 6 local young people benefitted from paid work experience installing solar panels on their estate.
- In total 102 kWp of solar array has been installed on the estate.
- Over the project’s 20-year lifetime, 679 tonnes of CO2 will be prevented from entering the atmosphere.
- Since it went live, Banister House Solar has generated 92,385 kWh of clean renewable electricity (November 2016). This is roughly equivalent to the electricity usage of 38 average Banister flats for a full year.
- This means that Banister House Solar has saved around 42 tonnes of C02 from entering the atmosphere since its launch.
- £149,000 of capital funds were raised through a community share offer to fund the project
£20,000 will be generated for the Community Fund. The following areas were selected by the community to benefit from the fund:
- Energy efficiency measures for the Banister House homes
- Opportunities for young people living in Banister House
- Community activities on the estate
- Hackney Council will benefit from a potential savings of £20,000 in energy costs over the lifetime of the project
Robinson says this is about a “Brexit betrayal” but it is about whipping up racism and islamophobia. Whatever way you voted in the referendum, join us to oppose Robinson and his hate.
Robinson has a history of racism, Islamophobia and fascist membership of the British National Party. He of course founded the English Defence League and has recently made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.