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A Load of GLAP

Reports reach Tubeworker that some CSS and CSMs are asking CSAs to sit in the GLAP ("Gate Line Assistance Point") on rotation, in stations where the size of the control room and staff numbers mean staff can perfectly safely work from the control room whilst maintaining safe distancing from their...

LU plan to revert to post-pandemic duty schedules on trains

LU have today announced via a bulletin that, from 17 May, they will be reverting back to pre-pandemic duty schedules on trains. This is clearly part of a wider plan to ramp the service back up from 18 May, as part of an anticipated easing of lockdown measures.

The announcement says: "We have [...

Wot No Back Pay?!

We were due a new pay settlement in April 2019. Consequently we're now all owed more than a year's back pay, following the agreement of a new deal in late March, amounting to RPI+0.2% for four years (2.7% in year one). The company is currently saying that the back pay will be paid in June or July's...

Is TfL lobbying against social distancing guidance?

In a 30 April presentation to the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), an international umbrella body for public transport providers, TfL director Grant Hobbs stated that, if the 2m guidance on social distancing remains in place, London Underground could only accommodate 13% of its...

End non-essential work on Jubilee Line stations!

Station areas on the east end of the Jubilee Line, including Waterloo, Canary Wharf, West Ham, and Canning Town, seem to be hot-spots for reckless behaviour by managers, seemingly intent on maintaining non-essential work.

Despite the whole job working to Sunday's minimum staffing numbers, revised...

Furloughed cleaners face 20% pay cut

Cleaning contractor ABM has informed RMT reps that will be furloughing some cleaners, possibly including those on long-term distancing from work and some part-time staff. While it has guaranteed to protect jobs, it does not intend to top up the additional 20% of cleaners' salaries, meaning that any...

Workers Memorial Day: make a stand for workers’ rights

Workers Memorial Day, an international day which remembers workers who’ve lost their lives at work, and promotes struggles for safer workplaces today, takes place on Tuesday 28 April.

We’ve lost workmates to this pandemic. Several bus workers have lost their lives, as well, of course, as dozens...

No pay cut, no jobs lost!

Mayor Khan has taken to BBC Radio London to announce that TfL may run out of money to pay staff by the end of the month, and may need to cut services unless the government steps in.

It’s right that Khan should appeal to the government for funding; this is something he should’ve been doing loudly...

Drivers move to resist timetable imposition

Union reps and branches of both Aslef and RMT are organising to resist LU's imposition of emergency timetables. The company wants to ramp up the train service, but won't provide drivers with adequate PPE, thereby exposing them to greater risk.

As and when lockdown measures ease, the service will...

Furlough can you go?

TfL and LU bosses have announced, via a bulletin from TfL Commissioner Mike Brown, that they intend to explore the use of the government's "Job Retention Scheme" to place some of us on "furlough", essentially a paid leave of absence. The government scheme subsidises 80% of employees' wages, with...

Fleet and engineering workers in the pandemic

Today at Tubeworker we wanted to talk about the plight of our sometimes unseen - despite being dressed head-to-toe in hi-vis gear! - key frontline workers within fleet and engineering.



Many go to work under the cover of darkness or in remote locations unknown to the travelling public, but...

PIOTs

It’s completely possible to assist a person ill on a train (PIOT) without putting ourselves at risk, yet LUL appear to think we should continue doing so without adequate guidance in place or any PPE to provide protection apart from hand sanitiser!

It’s easy really; observe from a distance, call...

Don't let managers obstruct new rosters

Tubeworker is aware of several areas where it has been made unnecessarily difficult to implement special pandemic rosters. This is largely due to an unwillingness to engage properly with reps.

We should not be required to cover any duty that is non-essential, and whilst at work we must be...

Union pressure wins agreement on shift allocation on ststions

RMT has secured an agreement covering LU stations compelling local managers to implement revised staffing arrangements, to minimise numbers and reduce duty lengths.

This is a significant gain, and will facilitate safer workplaces by maximising distancing and, hopefully, ensuring fewer of us have...

Staff travel passes for cleaners!

Rank-and-file RMT activists have started a petition to the Mayor of London, demanding staff travel passes for cleaners during the pandemic. You can sign and share the petition here.

This is a long-standing demand of Tube cleaners, and was one of the issues in RMT’s dispute and ballot on ABM...

Distancing on stations

When it comes to social distancing in the workplace, there’s a lot of good practise on LU stations right now. Whether due to local management actually having some common sense, or frontline staff simply taking action and implementing distancing measures, we’ve seen such actions taken as:

• The...

Rogue managers risk lives

We've previously reported on rogue managers putting pressure on staff to attend work rather than following public health guidance to remain at home. Although union reps have done well at responding to and pushing back that pressure in many areas, some managers are continuing to be a problem....

Reinstate Racquel Dwyer!

Cleaning contractor ABM has sacked RMT rep Racquel Dwyer.

Racquel recently won an Employment Tribunal claim against ABM, and, in her capacity as a rep, has consistently raised concerns about PPE and other safety issues in the workplace, over a number of months. ABM announced a restructure...

Engineering Management Put Workers At Risk

London Underground's engineering management has surpassed themselves with wanton risk-taking with workers' health.

Management have sent an Employee Bulletin to all workers in Asset Operations telling us that although we should obviously try to stay two metres apart, then if we can't, just crack...

Practising social distancing

It looks like some local management is starting to take the issue of social distancing seriously.

At Stockwell all CSAs are off the gateline and social distancing between the mess and control rooms. The WAGs are open, the POMs are being left. No one should need to be coughed on while they help...

Fight for workers' control of shift allocation

With a massively reduced service in place, many workers are asking whether the company's instruction for all staff who are not self-isolating or off sick to report for duty as normal really makes sense. Having more staff than necessary on a station or at a depot makes distancing harder. It puts...

Station staff: take action to ensure safe distancing!

We're hearing some reports of local managers insisting that all CSAs continue to work on the gateline, despite the difficulties that presents for ensuring social distancing.

If this doesn't stop, we urge station staff to take matters into their own hands. Work out a rotation between you, and...

Power down the POMs!

An Employee Bulletin dated 23 March, from Brian Woodhead (the senior director for LU stations, he of 74% pay rise fame...) gives some "advice on social distancing in our stations."

This advice includes: "Avoid signing into the POM [Passenger Operated Machine, i.e., ticket machine] yourself."...

LU bosses use coronavirus crisis to pinch pennies on pay

LU bosses have cynically exploited the coronavirus crisis to pressure unions into accepting a shoddy pay settlement that three out of four had previously rejected.

RMT has now accepted LU’s latest offer, of RPI+0.2% for 2019-2023, with guaranteed minimums of 1% and 2% in years three and four...

WFH?

Most offices have been more or less shut down with staff asked to work from home. This is putting strain on the remote access network which has been temperamental at best. Things are a bit less clear for staff who don’t have their own laptop or PC at home - as most people access via their personal...

Fight rogue managers

Word reaches Tubeworker HQ of rogue managers throwing their weight around.

Staff who are self-isolating have had messages from managers telling them they “don’t meet the criteria”, and pressuring them to come back to work. It's another example of the trend we're all very familiar with... managers...

Cleaners are "key workers" too

LU staff have been designated “key workers” during the pandemic, meaning, among other things, they’ll be able to keep kids in school. Cleaners and other contractors are also part of the core Tube workforce. They need “key worker” status too.

Safe staffing during closures

We’ve heard stories of AMs trying to babysit closed Section 12 stations with CSAs, or remove staff from them entirely. Swift intervention by local and Tier 2 reps ensured a plan to babysit Bakerloo Line stations with CSAs was quashed.

If trains are running, even closed stations need properly...

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