Farringdon station staff vote for strikes

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Sun, 21/11/2021 - 20:55,
Farringdon station

Station staff at Farringdon have voted for industrial action over the imposition of a new CSA roster that will increase extreme shifts and weekend working.

The ballot returned a 95% majority for action on a 62% turnout, a clear indication that workers won’t accept their conditions being driven down.

There’s a review meeting with LU directors scheduled; that gives the company one last chance to make meaningful concessions before industrial action is called. If those concessions aren’t forthcoming, strikes must be named.

The basic issue involved here is whether staff at Farringdon should meekly accept that the launch of Crossrail, aka the Elizabeth Line, should involve a radical worsening of their work/life balance and shift patterns. Post-Crossrail rosters at Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court, and Bond Street, whilst not perfect, maintain roughly similar levels of weekend working and extreme shifts to current rosters. Does LU really expect Farringdon stuff to simply accept being screwed over?

Workers have real leverage. LU does not want already greatly-delayed preparations for the launch of the Elizabeth Line hit by embarrassing and disruptive strikes.

So bosses have a choice: find a way to improve the rosters, or face picket lines.

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