Tubeworker's blog https://workersliberty.org/ en Essential work, expendable workers? Fighting for workers' rights on the New York Subway https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-26/essential-work-expendable-workers-fighting-workers-rights-new-york-subway <span>Essential work, expendable workers? Fighting for workers&#039; rights on the New York Subway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/John%20Ferretti.jpeg" width="660" height="440" alt="Photograph of John Ferretti addressing a rally of New York Subway workers" title="John Ferretti addressing a rally of New York Subway workers" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 26/11/2020 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>John Ferretti is a train conductor on the New York Subway, and a member of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100. He is involved in the rank-and-file caucus <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Local100Fightback">Local 100 Fightback"</a>. He spoke to <i>Tubeworker</i> about the struggle for workers' rights on the Subway. A second part of this interview will appear soon.</p> <p><b>What's it been like working on the New York Subway through the Covid pandemic? In particular, how have workers like cleaners been affected?</b></p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-26/essential-work-expendable-workers-fighting-workers-rights-new-york-subway" rel="tag" title="Essential work, expendable workers? Fighting for workers&#039; rights on the New York Subway" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Essential work, expendable workers? Fighting for workers&#039; rights on the New York Subway</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-26/essential-work-expendable-workers-fighting-workers-rights-new-york-subway#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:24:38 +0000 Tubeworker 36475 at https://workersliberty.org Full Roster? No Thanks! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-24/full-roster-no-thanks <span>Full Roster? No Thanks!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/STP.JPG" width="587" height="440" alt="St Paul&#039;s roundel" title="St Paul&#039;s roundel" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Tue, 24/11/2020 - 08:43</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There is still a pandemic. There are still far fewer passengers. There is still danger in coming to work. </p> <p>Sorry for stating the obvious, but it appears that some managers have forgotten.</p> <p>In order to reduce infection risk, early in the first lockdown, stations adopted 'pandemic rosters', in which staff work shorter hours and have more days off. This meant less exposure to the virus, less absence for sickness and self-isolation.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-24/full-roster-no-thanks" rel="tag" title="Full Roster? No Thanks!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Full Roster? No Thanks!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-24/full-roster-no-thanks#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:43:57 +0000 Tubeworker 36448 at https://workersliberty.org Step forward in Sodexo jobs fight https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-16/step-forward-sodexo-jobs-fight <span>Step forward in Sodexo jobs fight</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Sodexo.jpg" width="225" height="225" alt="Sodexo logo" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Mon, 16/11/2020 - 15:58</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>RMT <a href="https://www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/content/sodexo-newsletter">has reported</a> that Sodexo, the outsourcing giant which runs TfL staff canteens, has backed down from its threat to make workers compulsorily redundant.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-16/step-forward-sodexo-jobs-fight" rel="tag" title="Step forward in Sodexo jobs fight" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Step forward in Sodexo jobs fight</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-16/step-forward-sodexo-jobs-fight#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:58:44 +0000 Tubeworker 36376 at https://workersliberty.org Tubeworker/Off the Rails joint meeting, Thursday 19 November, 16:00-18:00: Looking at the US election https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-11/tubeworkeroff-rails-joint-meeting-thursday-19-november-1600-1800-looking-us <span>Tubeworker/Off the Rails joint meeting, Thursday 19 November, 16:00-18:00: Looking at the US election</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Trump%20Must%20Go.jpg" width="680" height="428" alt="A protester holds a red sign reading &quot;Trump Must Go&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/11/2020 - 09:51</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thursday 19 October, 16:00-18:00</p> <p>Jointly hosted by <i>Tubeworker</i> and <i><a href="/blogs/rails">Off the Rails</a></i></p> <p>All welcome. Facebook event <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/281516636554531">here</a>.</p> <p><b>Click <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85829516512?pwd=dGJ6aXpGS3UrQ3I4amRGeHRjdVVxdz09">here</a> to log in via Zoom.</b></p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-11/tubeworkeroff-rails-joint-meeting-thursday-19-november-1600-1800-looking-us" rel="tag" title="Tubeworker/Off the Rails joint meeting, Thursday 19 November, 16:00-18:00: Looking at the US election" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Tubeworker/Off the Rails joint meeting, Thursday 19 November, 16:00-18:00: Looking at the US election</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-11/tubeworkeroff-rails-joint-meeting-thursday-19-november-1600-1800-looking-us#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:51:08 +0000 Tubeworker 36400 at https://workersliberty.org New lockdown: reinforce safety measures! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-04/new-lockdown-reinforce-safety-measures <span>New lockdown: reinforce safety measures!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Work%20Safety.jpg" width="298" height="169" alt="A yellow sign reading &quot;Work Safety&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/11/2020 - 12:40</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The new lockdown comes into effect from tomorrow. Our unions must fight for reinforced safety measures.</p> <p>LU has said workers in the "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable" (CEV) category will not be expected to be in the workplace, and those whose jobs mean they can't work from home are likely to be put on the extended furlough scheme. If that scheme is not re-extended beyond 2 December, we must demand LU gives special paid leave to those workers rather than compelling them to be in work.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-04/new-lockdown-reinforce-safety-measures" rel="tag" title="New lockdown: reinforce safety measures!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about New lockdown: reinforce safety measures!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-04/new-lockdown-reinforce-safety-measures#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 04 Nov 2020 12:40:08 +0000 Tubeworker 36373 at https://workersliberty.org Close for deep cleans! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-04/close-deep-cleans <span>Close for deep cleans!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Covid%20Test.jpg" width="660" height="440" alt="A cartoon of a blackboard with &quot;Coronavirus (Covid-19)&quot; written on it, above two boxes marked &quot;Positive&quot; and &quot;Negative&quot;. The &quot;Positive&quot; box is checked." class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/11/2020 - 11:57</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Union reps are pushing LU to improve its procedures for when a case of Covid is confirmed in a workplace, after recent incidents at Euston and Victoria. An RMT leaflet says current processes are "not robust or comprehensive enough."</p> <p>Of particular concern is LU's insistence that they can keep a station where a positive case has been confirmed open while a deep clean takes place. This practise must end. As soon as a positive case is confirmed, the workplace must be shut whilst deep cleaning is underway.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-04/close-deep-cleans" rel="tag" title="Close for deep cleans!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Close for deep cleans!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-04/close-deep-cleans#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 04 Nov 2020 11:57:12 +0000 Tubeworker 36372 at https://workersliberty.org Sadiq Khan's local Labour Party supports Tube cleaners https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-03/sadiq-khans-local-labour-party-supports-tube-cleaners <span>Sadiq Khan&#039;s local Labour Party supports Tube cleaners</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/JFC.jpg" width="276" height="183" alt="RMT Justice for Tube Cleaners campaign logo" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/11/2020 - 13:24</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Tooting Constituency Labour Party in south London has passed a resolution supporting RMT's campaign for full sick pay, staff travel passes, and direct employment for Tube cleaners.</p> <p>Whilst any wider support throughout the labour movement is welcome and important, this development is especially significant because Tooting CLP is London Mayor Sadiq Khan's local party, in the constituency he represented as an MP prior to his election as mayor.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-03/sadiq-khans-local-labour-party-supports-tube-cleaners" rel="tag" title="Sadiq Khan&#039;s local Labour Party supports Tube cleaners" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Sadiq Khan&#039;s local Labour Party supports Tube cleaners</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-03/sadiq-khans-local-labour-party-supports-tube-cleaners#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:24:27 +0000 Tubeworker 36341 at https://workersliberty.org TfL bailout agreed... but £160m "savings" to be found? https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-03/tfl-bailout-agreed-ps160m-savings-be-found <span>TfL bailout agreed... but £160m &quot;savings&quot; to be found?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/budget.png" width="244" height="207" alt="A graphic of a stack of coins next to a money bag with a question mark on it." class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/11/2020 - 13:23</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The government has agreed a six-month, £1.8 billion funding bailout for TfL, after a period of intense negotiations that saw deadlines extend and talks go down to the wire.</p> <p>The package is being widely reported as a "win for Sadiq Khan", as the deal does not include many of the concessions the Tories were pushing for, including the extension of the congestion charge zones, fare increases, and cuts to concessionary travel for under-18s and over-60s.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-03/tfl-bailout-agreed-ps160m-savings-be-found" rel="tag" title="TfL bailout agreed... but £160m &quot;savings&quot; to be found?" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about TfL bailout agreed... but £160m &quot;savings&quot; to be found?</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-03/tfl-bailout-agreed-ps160m-savings-be-found#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:23:52 +0000 Tubeworker 36345 at https://workersliberty.org Tube cuts: prepare for action https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-27/tube-cuts-prepare-action <span>Tube cuts: prepare for action</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Funding.png" width="231" height="181" alt="A green direction sign indicating &quot;funding&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Tue, 27/10/2020 - 14:25</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Talks between TfL and the government about a further funding bailout are ongoing, with discussions being extend past the 17 October deadline for the expiry of the previous package.</p> <p>Tory attack lines blame Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan for "bankrupting" TfL. This is a blatant lie. TfL's funding crisis stems directly from the Tory policy of abolishing its central government subsidy, meaning it became heavily reliant on fare revenue.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-27/tube-cuts-prepare-action" rel="tag" title="Tube cuts: prepare for action" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Tube cuts: prepare for action</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-27/tube-cuts-prepare-action#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:25:03 +0000 Tubeworker 36285 at https://workersliberty.org Video: The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-16/video-story-colour-bars-uk-railway <span>Video: The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/xavier_0.jpg" width="680" height="383" alt="Asquith Xavier" title="Asquith Xavier" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Fri, 16/10/2020 - 19:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Click <a href="https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-16/story-colour-bars-uk-railway">here</a> to watch a video of the presentation at our September online meeting about colour bars on the UK railway.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-16/video-story-colour-bars-uk-railway" rel="tag" title="Video: The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Video: The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-16/video-story-colour-bars-uk-railway#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:04:59 +0000 Tubeworker 36279 at https://workersliberty.org