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Solid action takes grade consolidation fight forward

The strike action on 26 and 27 November caused widespread disruption across the network. Solid pickets across the affected lines meant bosses were often unable to run even token services. Attempts to run a shuttle service between Cockfosters and Arnos Grove on the Picc soon came to nothing....

Farringdon station staff vote for strikes

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...

Revenue in the firing line

Along with attacks on the SRT, LU has also announced a series of proposed changes to the revenue department.

They want to align Revenue Control Inspector (RCI) rosters with general station staff rosters, meaning they would work extreme shifts and potentially cover duties on stations. LU also...

Resist attacks on the SRT

LU has announced its plans for reforming the Special Requirements Team (SRT), which currently covers projects and events. They want to turn the SRT into an "anytime, anywhere" workforce, providing permanent mobile cover to plug staffing gaps on stations. The SRT framework will be "aligned" with the...

RMT calls strikes of drivers on Night Tube lines

RMT has called strikes in its dispute to stop the consolidation of train operator grades. LU wants to merge the Night Tube duties, currently worked by a dedicated grade of driver, into the full-time rosters, offering full-time drivers a shift supplement to work them.

Although part-time drivers...

Aslef members vote 98.8% for action

STOP PRESS, 8 NOVEMBER:

Aslef's ballot has returned a thumping 98.8% majority, on a 67% turnout. That's a massive mandate, and a clear indication that Aslef members are prepared to take action.

As we argue below, Aslef now needs to use the mandate. If we wait for LU to impose detrimental...

CSA2s: 'No extreme turns'?

Remember the company's justification for paying CSA2s significantly less than CSA1s (the grade formerly known as simply CSA)? They don't carry out as many tasks and they don't work extreme turns.

The boundaries of the former have been getting murky right from the outset, and now it seems that the...

Tottenham Hale: Two Become One

Spare a thought for staff at Tottenham Hale, which is nearing the end of a long and extensive refurb.

The upshot of said refurb is that the Greater Anglia and LUL stations will become much more closely intertwined - to the extent that reps have serious concerns that it could all go pear-shaped...

Cuts are not inevitable: we can defend our conditions

Compared to many other workers, directly-employed LU staff have good pay, pension arrangements, and working conditions. This is because we have fought to win these things and, over decades, resisted attempts to erode them.

That could all change. The Tory government systematically underfunded TfL...

Tensas are Turtley Inadequate

As the reopening of Night Tube approaches, spare a thought for those stations where one of their Night Tube lines is reopening, but the other one is not.

Night Tube's late-night-party clientele will undoubtedly include people who have not twigged that only two lines are reopening, or did know but...

"Improve" the AAW?

An Employee Bulletin circulated to all LU staff today announces that the company intends to redraft the Attendance At Work (AAW) policy. It says the policy needs a "refresh" in order to "fully support our people and ensure we can offer the best service to London."

There's plenty about the AAW we...

No more cleaning cuts!

Word reaches Tubeworker HQ that ABM has been salami-slicing its staffing levels at a number of stations... again.

At Oxford Circus, for example, the contractor wants to have just two cleaners on the 07:00-15:00 shift, a ludicrous proposition given the size of the station and the workload involved...

Fight for Public Ownership of Rail!

Yet again a private rail franchise, this time Southeastern, has been shown to have its hands in the till, as “errors” meant that £25 million of public money was not returned to the government... seven years after it was due. As a result of this “serious breach” of the franchise agreement, the...

Naked Incompetence

Staff who ordered replacement uniform months ago are still awaiting its arrival. If you're lucky, you might get, say, one of the shirts you ordered, and maybe a tie, but the other shirts, all the trousers and the new boots are yet to be delivered.

And spare a thought for brand new staff, who are...

VIDEO: Sadiq Khan grilled by Tube worker on outsourcing of TfL cleaning

At the recent Labour Party conference, London mayor (and ultimate boss of TfL) Sadiq Khan was directly questioned by conference delegate and RMT activist Janine Booth about the outsourcing of Tube cleaning. We transcribe Janine's speech here. For the video, see the embedded tweet below.




"I've...

TSSA and the Boilermakers

TSSA has announced plans to merge with another union, "The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers." Never heard of them? Possibly because they are based in the United States.

That's right, TSSA's leadership think the way to strengthen the union is to merge with workers on a different continent...

Cutting through the fanfare on Northern Line extension...

With much fanfare and a fair amount of press coverage, the new Northern line extension stations Nine Elms and Battersea (aka Battersea Power Station... station) have now opened.

All things new attract attention, and we welcome the opening of new stations. But once the media attention fades...

Stations Left Unstaffed

It seems that stations are being left unstaffed through deliberate choice by management. On several occasions, staff were willing to work overtime to ensure the station was staffed, only for management to turn them down.

The dangers of this are obvious: operational incidents uncovered, passengers...

Bushy Platforms

Stations and trains staff across the combine have been reporting that bushes and grass have been growing through the cracks on many platforms, including through the yellow lines and near the platform edge. .

This is a serious hazard - especially when wet. The unions have raised it with management...

No Handlamp, No Train

It seems that the company is struggling to maintain drivers' handlamps adequately, perhaps because it is a somewhat, er, niche piece of kit. Management's answer? Suggest to drivers that they break the rules and drive without one. No thanks.

There are some pieces of equipment that we don't use...

Zone 1-6 one way taxi for £65

With the company so insistent they are strapped for cash, Tubeworker wonders how much is being wasted on special taxis. During the bank holiday engineering works on the Picc some drivers were ferried from one end of the line to the other just to carry out a single rounder. At £65 a go, was that...

Anti-union laws hit another ballot

RMT's ballot of fleet workers in depots where LU proposes to impose Automatic Train Control (ATC) for trains going into siding returned a 79% majority for strikes, and an 82% majority for action short of strikes. But as the turnout was just 42%, official (i.e., legal) industrial action can't be...

Fighting for work/life balance at Farringdon

There's no firm launch date for the Elizabeth Line (aka Crossrail), but as the Crossrail sections of the interchange stations begin to open, LU is altering staffing levels at stations like Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, and Liverpool Street.

In most locations, whilst not perfect...

"Four Key Areas"? One Key Response: Fight Back!

A new video on Yammer from Director of Customer Operations Nick Dent, the top boss for stations and trains, reminds us that the "four key areas" LU is looking at for ways to save money (i.e., make cuts) are "vacancies and recruitment", "our ways of working", "enhanced use of technology", and "a...

Say No to ATO! Vote Yes for Action!

RMT is balloting fleet workers at Ealing Common, Neasden, Hearne House, Hammersmith, and Upminster depots for industrial action to resist LU's plan to have trains run in automatic mode ("Automatic Train Operation", ATO; also known as "Automatic Train Control", ATC) in depot sidings.

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