Tubeworker's blog https://workersliberty.org/ en Transport for London audit: Open the books! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-23/transport-london-audit-open-books <span>Transport for London audit: Open the books!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Account%20ledger.jpg" width="440" height="440" alt="A graphic of an open account ledger with a calculator and pencil" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 23/09/2020 - 07:57</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The audit and review of TfL's governance and finance, ordered by the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of the funding bailout provided in June, and led by accountancy firm KPMG, was due to make its initial report at the end of August.</p> <p>As <i>Tubeworker</i> reported, language in the audit's terms of references about "efficiency savings", "workforce modernisation", and "alternative operating models" made the intent very clear: cuts, and possible privatisation.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/transport-london-audit-open-books" rel="tag" title="Transport for London audit: Open the books!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Transport for London audit: Open the books!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/transport-london-audit-open-books#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:57:42 +0000 Tubeworker 36131 at https://workersliberty.org Aslef members vote yes for action https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-23/aslef-members-vote-yes-action <span>Aslef members vote yes for action</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Green%20Tick.jpg" width="416" height="416" alt="A white tick in a green circle" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 23/09/2020 - 07:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Aslef members on LU have voted by a 95% majority in favour of industrial action, on a 70% turnout. It's a thumping result on a high turnout, that easily smashes the arbitrary thresholds of the Tories' anti-union laws.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/aslef-members-vote-yes-action" rel="tag" title="Aslef members vote yes for action" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Aslef members vote yes for action</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/aslef-members-vote-yes-action#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:56:21 +0000 Tubeworker 36130 at https://workersliberty.org Defend Sherelle Cadogan! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-23/defend-sherelle-cadogan <span>Defend Sherelle Cadogan!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/uoIlHMExUuMJIZO-800x450-noPad.jpg" width="626" height="352" alt="Sherelle Cadogan" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 23/09/2020 - 07:55</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sherelle Cadogan, an I/O and Aslef member, has been given a 12 month suspended dismissal for challenging racism!</p> <p>A manager posted racist comments on social media, including disparaging Black Lives Matter. Sherelle and others quite rightly, challenged the comments. While the Manager was reported for their racist comments, Sherelle, and only Sherelle, found herself disciplined as well in a counter-complaint from the manager!</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/defend-sherelle-cadogan" rel="tag" title="Defend Sherelle Cadogan!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Defend Sherelle Cadogan!</span></a></li><li class="comment-comments"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/defend-sherelle-cadogan#comments" title="Jump to the first comment." hreflang="en">2 comments</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="1600871612" data-history-node-field-name="comment_node_blog"></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-23/defend-sherelle-cadogan#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:55:37 +0000 Tubeworker 36126 at https://workersliberty.org Kept Out for their Colour https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-21/kept-out-their-colour <span>Kept Out for their Colour</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/xavier.jpg" width="680" height="383" alt="Asquith Xavier" title="Asquith Xavier" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Mon, 21/09/2020 - 14:51</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At last week's online <em>Tubeworker</em> meeting (held jointly with <a href="/blogs/rails"><em>Off The Rails</em></a>), we learned about the history of 'colour bars' on the railways.</p> <p>After the Second World War, there was a labour shortage in Britain, and thousands of black workers from Britain's former colonies came here to fill the jobs. London Transport set up a recruiting office in Barbados. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-21/kept-out-their-colour" rel="tag" title="Kept Out for their Colour" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Kept Out for their Colour</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-21/kept-out-their-colour#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:51:31 +0000 Tubeworker 36134 at https://workersliberty.org Inspection Deflection https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-21/inspection-deflection <span>Inspection Deflection</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/inspector-160143_1280.png" width="347" height="440" alt="inspector" title="inspector" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Mon, 21/09/2020 - 14:41</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It might be a good idea to offer someone an opportunity to develop their skills - but that's not the same thing as getting them to do your job for you!</p> <p>In particular, do remember that Planned General inspections (PGIs) are a management responsibility. A CSS might accompany a CSM - <em>if they want to</em> - but managers certainly can't get CSSs to do the inspection for them.</p> <p>We understand that this reminder might be timely and useful for stations at the north end of the Victoria line.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-21/inspection-deflection" rel="tag" title="Inspection Deflection" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Inspection Deflection</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-21/inspection-deflection#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 13:41:40 +0000 Tubeworker 36133 at https://workersliberty.org Hands Off Our Newsletters! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-17/hands-our-newsletters <span>Hands Off Our Newsletters!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Newsletter.png" width="241" height="209" alt="A graphic illustration of a newspaper with a headline reading &quot;Read All About It&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/09/2020 - 17:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A trains manager took it upon themselves to unilaterally remove a union newsletter from the depot booking-on point, apparently because they took exception to some of its contents - an article about the concept of gaslighting, especially in the context of racist discrimination.</p> <p>A grievance has been submitted and the issue will be investigated. Whilst we don't want to jump to conclusions, the notion that a newsletter might've been taken down because it had an anti-racist article in it is pretty alarming. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/hands-our-newsletters" rel="tag" title="Hands Off Our Newsletters!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Hands Off Our Newsletters!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/hands-our-newsletters#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:38:40 +0000 Tubeworker 36129 at https://workersliberty.org Thoughts on RMT's Current Difficulties https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-16/thoughts-rmts-current-difficulties <span>Thoughts on RMT&#039;s Current Difficulties</span> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/09/2020 - 16:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It is no secret that conflict between RMT's National Executive and some of its officers has exploded dramatically over recent weeks. </p> <p><em>Tubeworker</em>'s sister blog, <em>Off The Rails</em>, looks at the issues <a href="https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-12/conflict-rmt">here</a>.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/thoughts-rmts-current-difficulties" rel="tag" title="Thoughts on RMT&#039;s Current Difficulties" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Thoughts on RMT&#039;s Current Difficulties</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/thoughts-rmts-current-difficulties#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:34:29 +0000 Tubeworker 36125 at https://workersliberty.org Taxi for Gett! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-09/taxi-gett <span>Taxi for Gett!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/gett.jpg" width="275" height="183" alt="Gett taxi" title="Gett taxi" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:20</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Staff were left stranded on Monday night when taxi provider Gett's systems went down and so drivers did not know where they needed to go.</p> <p>After a dead late, craving your bed, the last thing you need is to be standing in the street in the small hours not knowing when - or even whether - your ride home is coming. If you were one of the people affected, Tubeworker hopes you insisted on coming in the following day the same length of time late as you got home the night before.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-09/taxi-gett" rel="tag" title="Taxi for Gett!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Taxi for Gett!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-09/taxi-gett#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:20:06 +0000 Tubeworker 36066 at https://workersliberty.org Thanks! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-09/thanks <span>Thanks!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/thanks.gif" width="227" height="222" alt="flowers" title="flowers" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:42</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The company wants to show us its appreciation for how we have kept London moving during the pandemic. Bless.</p> <p>Of course, it would be inappropriate for this reward to be financial, what with the current cash crisis. So management are running a survey asking us whether we would prefer a personal letter from the big cheeses, a thank-you video or a souvenir mag.</p> <p>We even get to suggest an alternative sign of their appreciation. <em>Tubeworker</em> may well log on and suggest 'a guarantee that you will not attack my job, conditions or pension'.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-09/thanks" rel="tag" title="Thanks!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Thanks!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-09/thanks#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 08:42:22 +0000 Tubeworker 36065 at https://workersliberty.org Ballots in Service Control https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-05/ballots-service-control <span>Ballots in Service Control</span> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sat, 05/09/2020 - 13:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Service Control workers are gearing up to ballot for action in two separate disputes.</p> <p>RMT will ballot its SC members in the long-running fight to win decent conditions at the Hammersmith Service Control Centre (aka <a href="https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-20/hmp-hammersmith">"HMP Hammersmith"</a>), where workers are demanding conditions are brought up to scratch before any more workers are relocated there, and on the <a href="https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-03-06/victoria-service-control-strike">Victoria Line, where a bullying boss makes workers' lives hell</a>.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-05/ballots-service-control" rel="tag" title="Ballots in Service Control" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Ballots in Service Control</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-05/ballots-service-control#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sat, 05 Sep 2020 12:22:28 +0000 Tubeworker 36063 at https://workersliberty.org