Bucking the trend?

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 21:28,

Around International Women's Day, 8th March, LUL's intranet and company magazine, On the Move, featured women who are 'bucking the trend' by working in male-dominated roles - technical officer, service control manager, track maintenance.

But why are women still a minority in LUL when we are 51% of London's population?

In 2016, TfL commissioner, Mike Brown set TfL the target of reflecting the capital's own diversity by 2020. It is failing miserably. In the most recent stats available (2017), women were 23.4% of TfL's workforce and only 17.1% at LUL - 15.6% in operational grades. The percentage of women at LUL, particularly in operational grades, has fallen since 2016 - perhaps as women have been squeezed out during Fit for the Future.

When they are released, we expect TfL's 2019 figures to be even more damning because they will show the impact of TfL's Transformation program, which cut jobs in traditionally female-dominated areas, such as administration.

That women are such a minority in an organisation that boasts of diversity speaks of a deeply sexist culture and a discriminatory work environment that concedes too little to our caring and life commitments outside work.

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