Pay&Conditions/Night Tube 2015

No to Driver Displacements

Remember that promise that there would be no detriment arising from the implementation of Night Tube? Remember that promise in the Pay and Night tube dispute settlement that work-life balance would not get worse and would get better where possible?

Well, those promises look like a sick joke to...

Night Tube launch announced? Sort of...

There seems to be a lot of fun and games going on regarding the launch date from Night Tube.

Apparently Boris Johnson wanted to announce its launch in September, so Aslef decided to undercut him by announcing it would be starting in August! In an attempt to get the upper hand again, Boris has...

Eight Reasons Why Tubeworker will be Voting 'No' to the Pay / Night Tube Offer

As our unions put referendum papers into envelopes asking us to accept the pay / Night Tube offer, Tubeworker will be voting No, because:

1. It is a pay cut. National Insurance rules change in April, meaning that more will be deducted from our gross pay. Together with the rising cost of living...

Pay, Night Tube, Jobs: Keep the Action On!

Indications that ASLEF is dropping out of the fight over pay and Night Tube are alarming - the barely-changed pay offer is not good enough.

What's wrong with the pay offer?
With the offer on the table stuck at RPI only in years 2 and 3, this will amount to a real-terms pay cut, because: firstly...

Strikes are on: build, and push for more!

Aslef, RMT, and Unite have named strikes for 26-27 January, 15-16 February, and 17-18 February. Each strike is for 24 hours, commencing on the evening of the first day and continuing until the following evening. TSSA's leadership is meeting tomorrow and may join the action.

These strikes are part...

Night Tube Drivers: External Adverts or Internal Promotion?

So the company is advertising part-time Night Tube drivers' jobs. Here at Tubeworker, we like to see new jobs created and to see staff getting the opportunity to work reduced hours. And if Night Tube duties are done by part-timers who want to work those hours, then there will be no need for full...

New Contract Threat

LU has indicated it may rush to impose new contract on station staff, particularly in the areas where it wants to launch "Fit for the Future" first (King's Cross, and the east end of the Central Line).

It seems the company has grown tired of pretending it's interested in negotiating...

Poor Pay Proposal

So, with Night Tube in the long grass, LUL has sent us a repackaged offer on pay. Here are a few reasons why it is rubbish:

  • Its closeness to the RPI increase means it contains very little increase in real terms.
  • Despite the flat-rate element meaning it is a higher percentage rise for lower...

Voluntary Severance and its Discontents

Hundreds of station staff have signed up to take voluntary severance (VS).

The VS scheme was one of the means by which LU claimed it was softening the blow of the "Fit for the Future" job cuts, arguing that, while nearly 1,000 jobs would be cut, at least no-one was actually being sacked. While...

32, not 36!

RMT has been polling its driver members in a referendum to see if they want union negotiators to discuss the possibility of amending the drivers' framework to facilitate the trial of a four-day, 36-hour week in two depots. The results are due back this week.

The trial would necessitate increasing...

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