Farringdon roster fight: vote yes for action!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Sat, 06/11/2021 - 17:36,
Photo shows a worker installing a Crossrail roundel on a platform at Farringdon

A few months back, we reported on a developing struggle at Farringdon over rosters.

Like all stations due to be Elizabeth Line (aka Crossrail) interchanges, Farringdon will be getting a load more CSAs, and therefore a new roster. But, unlike other stations such as Liverpool Street and Tottenham Court Road, where the new rosters will be roughly equivalent to current ones in terms of extreme shifts and weekend working, Farringdon's post-Crossrail roster will hammer work/life balance. It will lead to a huge increase in weekend working and extreme shifts for CSAs.

An easy way to improve matters would be to convert CSA2 positions into CSA1 positions, as these are mainly inside/middle shifts. But LU says it can't afford the conversions.

RMT is now balloting its station staff members at Farringdon, in a vote closing on 18 November. Tubeworker looks forward to a strong yes vote in the ballot; perhaps the threat of industrial action disrupting ongoing Crossrail preparations will lead to LU miraculously finding some extra dosh to improve the roster...

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