Back in 2009, the Trains Functional Council made an agreement that cut jobs. You wouldn't think that a trade union would agree to such a thing, but ASLEF did, and RMT, though mostly opposed, was less than unanimous.
Ten years on, the chickens are well and truly roosting, with depots suffering the consequences. With depots having fewer drivers than they need, management are regularly refusing legitimate requests for time off, flexible working or other changes to hours because they can't cover all the turns. Fewer drivers' jobs also means fewer spare turns, and also means fewer promotional opportunities for other staff and fewer job opportunities for Londoners.
It's time to tear up this useless agreement, so Tubeworker is pleased to see RMT's Regional Council call for industrial action.