The RMT London Transport Regional Council on 31 October voted for a network-wide dispute and strike ballot on the issue of staffing on stations.
A number of recent incidents, including violent assaults on staff at the east end of the District Line, highlight the problems caused by lone working and short staffing. Now rumours abound that LU plans to cut jobs in the revenue department, either by “filling” Revenue Control Inspector vacancies with secondees, without paying them any extra (thereby effectively cutting the RCI jobs), or as part of a pan-TfL consolidation of revenue jobs.
Every station worker will be familiar with the problems caused by lack of numbers. In the last year, there have been local disputes on Bakerloo South and District Centre over uncovered duties, and at Heathrow, over lone working on Night Tube. We must fight for an increased staffing level, not LU’s non-solution of deploying TfL surface transport staff to our stations.
If this means balloting station staff for strikes on these issues in parallel with an all-grades ballot on pay and conditions, so be it.