Tubeworker's blog https://workersliberty.org/blog en Cashless shouldn't mean heartless https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-24/cashless-shouldnt-mean-heartless <span>Cashless shouldn&#039;t mean heartless</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/spare%20change.jpg" width="275" height="183" alt="small change" title="small change" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sun, 24/05/2020 - 14:55</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As stations adapt to going largely cashless, some LU managers have taken the opportunity to provide feedback about how good it is that there are fewer homeless people hanging around ticket halls. </p> <p>As <i>Tubeworker</i> has said previously, unless begging is disruptive or passengers are at risk of being robbed, it isn't our job to tell them to shove off. And now in a time of crisis, with thousands of people at risk in their jobs and with the situation for the poor only likely to get worse, it is extremely crass to welcome some of the most vulnerable struggling even more.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-24/cashless-shouldnt-mean-heartless" rel="tag" title="Cashless shouldn&#039;t mean heartless" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Cashless shouldn&#039;t mean heartless</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-24/cashless-shouldnt-mean-heartless#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 24 May 2020 13:55:59 +0000 Tubeworker 35612 at https://workersliberty.org Absence Clampdown? Sick! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-21/absence-clampdown-sick <span>Absence Clampdown? Sick!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/staggeron.jpg" width="135" height="144" alt="Staggeron meds" title="Staggeron meds" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 21/05/2020 - 16:43</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of the orchestra of strings attached to the government financial bailout of TfL is that the company now has to report staff absence data to the government.</p> <p>This is pretty obviously a precursor to 'imrpvoing' attendance figures by cracking the whip once we are back to 'normal' times.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-21/absence-clampdown-sick" rel="tag" title="Absence Clampdown? Sick!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Absence Clampdown? Sick!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-21/absence-clampdown-sick#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 21 May 2020 15:43:41 +0000 Tubeworker 35611 at https://workersliberty.org Backing Down from Attack on Disabled Passengers https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-21/backing-down-attack-disabled-passengers <span>Backing Down from Attack on Disabled Passengers</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/wheelchairbreakchains.jpg" width="119" height="116" alt="Wheelchair breaking chains" title="Wheelchair breaking chain" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 21/05/2020 - 16:30</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When the Tory Government held a gun to the head of TfL and made them sign a bailout deal last week, one thing they had in their sights was disabled people's Freedom Passes.</p> <p>Yes, in true Tory style, they declared that they would consider restricting the times at which disabled people could use their Freedom Passes to travel. So disabled workers - already paid on average significantly less than non-disabled workers - would have to either pay to travel during the peak or be late for work and face the consequences.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-21/backing-down-attack-disabled-passengers" rel="tag" title="Backing Down from Attack on Disabled Passengers" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Backing Down from Attack on Disabled Passengers</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-21/backing-down-attack-disabled-passengers#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 21 May 2020 15:30:42 +0000 Tubeworker 35610 at https://workersliberty.org Drivers sent home for making a stand on safety https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-18/drivers-sent-home-making-stand-safety <span>Drivers sent home for making a stand on safety</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/SD.jpg" width="255" height="197" alt="Social distancing graphic" title="Social distancing graphic" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Mon, 18/05/2020 - 21:41</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Aslef is reporting today (18 May) that up to 30 drivers have been sent home after raising safety concerns, including some who raised concerns about not being able to safely distance in staff mess rooms due to the number of drivers on duty.</p> <p>Some drivers were issued with a letter from their local manager which read:</p> <p>"You have indicated you are not willing to undertake your normal rostered duty, despite the fact that it is safe to do so and you have been provided with assurance documentation that confirms [there is] no serious and imminent danger.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-18/drivers-sent-home-making-stand-safety" rel="tag" title="Drivers sent home for making a stand on safety" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Drivers sent home for making a stand on safety</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-18/drivers-sent-home-making-stand-safety#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 18 May 2020 20:41:08 +0000 Tubeworker 35596 at https://workersliberty.org Cleaners in the pandemic: a view from the frontline https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-17/cleaners-pandemic-view-frontline <span>Cleaners in the pandemic: a view from the frontline</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/JfC_0.jpg" width="259" height="194" alt="RMT Justice for Cleaners logo" title="RMT Justice for Cleaners logo" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sun, 17/05/2020 - 21:57</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A Tube cleaner and RMT activist spoke to <i>Tubeworker</i> about cleaners' struggles in the pandemic.</p> <hr /><p>Being a cleaning worker during this period has been tough. We're absolutely on the frontline. As outsourced workers, many of us feel forgotten about, left behind, and ignored. Our employer, ABM, dismisses many of our demands, and TfL, who hold the contract, won't take responsibility.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-17/cleaners-pandemic-view-frontline" rel="tag" title="Cleaners in the pandemic: a view from the frontline" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Cleaners in the pandemic: a view from the frontline</span></a></li><li class="comment-comments"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-17/cleaners-pandemic-view-frontline#comments" title="Jump to the first comment." hreflang="en">1 comment</a></li><li class="comment-new-comments"><a href="/blog/612/feed" class="hidden" title="Jump to the first new comment." data-history-node-last-comment-timestamp="1589787367" data-history-node-field-name="comment_node_blog"></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-17/cleaners-pandemic-view-frontline#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 17 May 2020 20:57:16 +0000 Tubeworker 35593 at https://workersliberty.org Funding comes with Tory strings https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-14/funding-comes-tory-strings <span>Funding comes with Tory strings</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Pound%20Sign.jpg" width="680" height="425" alt="Pound sign" title="Pound sign" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/05/2020 - 20:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Mayor Khan needs to brush up on his negotiation skills. Mere hours after he announced TfL was on the verge of running out of money, and services may stop running if additional funding wasn't forthcoming, he managed to secure... a package of less money than is needed, with more strings attached than a marionette.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-14/funding-comes-tory-strings" rel="tag" title="Funding comes with Tory strings" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Funding comes with Tory strings</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-14/funding-comes-tory-strings#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 14 May 2020 19:19:41 +0000 Tubeworker 35588 at https://workersliberty.org Khan on cuts https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-14/khan-cuts <span>Khan on cuts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Khan%20cuts.jpg" width="618" height="440" alt="Simon Harris (ITV) tweet" title="Simon Harris (ITV) tweet" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 14/05/2020 - 13:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It might have taken a global pandemic to force it from him, but Mayor Khan has finally admitted that running a major metropolitan transport system on massively reduced funding simply isn't feasible. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-14/khan-cuts" rel="tag" title="Khan on cuts" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Khan on cuts</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-14/khan-cuts#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 14 May 2020 12:56:37 +0000 Tubeworker 35587 at https://workersliberty.org Should stations reopen? https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-13/should-stations-reopen <span>Should stations reopen?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Station%20Closed.jpg" width="680" height="382" alt="Station closure board" title="Station closure board" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/05/2020 - 13:33</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>LU has announced in an employee bulletin that it plans to reopen seven of the 37 stations that have been shut during the pandemic - Mansion House, Pimlico, Blackhorse Road, Bounds Green, Bow Road, Bayswater, and Warwick Avenue. It is suggested that this might help relieve congestion at other stations.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-13/should-stations-reopen" rel="tag" title="Should stations reopen?" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Should stations reopen?</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-13/should-stations-reopen#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 13 May 2020 12:33:07 +0000 Tubeworker 35586 at https://workersliberty.org Behind the mask https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-11/behind-mask <span>Behind the mask</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/mask_0.png" width="300" height="300" alt="Face mask" title="Face mask" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/05/2020 - 11:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>After weeks of dithering on the issue of masks, TfL has now issued a bulletin stating "there will be a face covering available to all front line colleagues, cleaners and bus drivers who are attending work and would like to wear one."</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-11/behind-mask" rel="tag" title="Behind the mask" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Behind the mask</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-11/behind-mask#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 11 May 2020 10:37:56 +0000 Tubeworker 35567 at https://workersliberty.org Keys and radios https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-05-10/keys-and-radios <span>Keys and radios</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/radio.jpg" width="150" height="335" alt="Radio" title="Radio" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/05/2020 - 18:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Across the combine many stations use communal key docks and most station staff don't have their own radio. Without issuing any guidance on this the company still expects us to be alright with it.</p> <p>Drivers and SRT already have their own radios as do others. Now is the time for LU to give everyone their own keys and their own radios, for our own and others' health.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-10/keys-and-radios" rel="tag" title="Keys and radios" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Keys and radios</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-05-10/keys-and-radios#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 10 May 2020 17:19:43 +0000 Tubeworker 35563 at https://workersliberty.org