Forcing CSAs off their group - again!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Tue, 16/09/2008 - 20:48,

Eleven reserve CSA’s on the Goodge Street Group were sent letters last week warning them that they could be moved from their current group, which is over-establishment, to one that is under. Management have revealed their callous disregard for the lives of the staff they employ and another attempt to undermine job stability, following from their recent success at forcing staff to move from the Rickmansworth group.

They have dropped a complete bombshell on the reserves. The letter begins, ‘As you may or may not be aware, you were placed as a Customer Service Assistant on the Goodge St Group to cover a project’. They blatantly know there was no chance they ‘may be aware’ as nobody told them at all. This was the first time they’d heard of the ‘project!

Some of these CSA’s have been working there since January and have built up friendships and attachments to the group, never thinking they would go anywhere except by their own choice.

This has not come from local management, who, incidentally are unhappy with it. The group is only four over establishment, which local managers would rather resolve through natural wastage. This has come from higher up. The letter is from the Chair of the Stations Functional Council. It shows a bigger agenda. They want to create a job where staff do not expect stability. They want a workforce they can shuffle around to suite their needs. If we show ourselves too weak to defend our stability, it will be gone. Management will feel confident after Rickmansworth that they can get away with it anywhere. This will not be the only group affected, or the only grade affected, in the long-run.

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