Tubeworker's blog

Your Right to a Rep?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 10/09/2005 - 15:13

It looks like LUL management are getting the hump about those pesky workers standing up for their rights. More and more of us are having the cheek to demand union representation at Fact Finding interviews.

LUL recognises your right to representation once the formal disciplinary procedure starts - though grudgingly, having been forced to by a legal ruling. But the company reckons that Fact Finding interviews only find out facts, so you don't need a rep.

Bad Air Day

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 09/09/2005 - 14:53

Still unable to make train radios work reliably, LUL is issuing 'air-wave radios'. The problem is that no-one seems to know what they are or how they work. The company has not properly consulted union health & safety reps or involved them in risk assessments.

Have you been trained in their use? How can you be sure that you will hear a Code Amber? Is this another case of train miles before safety?! Surely not!

Taken To the Cleaners

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/09/2005 - 17:01

A fair few staff have found that dry cleaners are refusing LUL cleaning tokens. Something about how LUL doesn't pay enough and takes ages to cough up. If this happens to you, keep your receipts, and demand your local management pay up!

We will have to bring this to the attention of our union officials - they might not be aware of the problem, especially if they have not put on a uniform for years ...

Deadly Fibres

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/09/2005 - 16:57

Asbestos needs removing from the track area at Bounds Green. Fair enough, you'd think, safety systems exist to ensure that staff are protected from the lethal fibres. At the very least, staff would be told about it. Or maybe not, since it seems that local management decided that there was no need to consult stations safety reps. Or to tell the staff. Hey, don't mind us - we only work here.

This is no joke. This stuff kills, and if management ignore the basics, we could all be at risk.

What Are They On?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 05/09/2005 - 16:52

When a Morden Train Maintainer with 30 years' service was sacked recently, something very ominous came to light. It seems that Alstom and TubeLines now have a policy to D&A test staff as part of their annual relicensing.

Underground employers already have the power to test us post incident, for cause, and unannounced. So this extra testing round is not about keeping people bright-eyed and sober, but about keeping us under an ever-more-authoritarian thumb.

If It's Not Safe, Don't Do It

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 04/09/2005 - 15:39

LUL is trying to change the procedure for refusal to work on safety grounds, possibly by cutting out the role of senior managers. This policy is a crucial protection for us at work, and we can hazard a guess that if management want to change it, they are up to no good. Weakening the procedure will make it harder to refuse unsafe work, and easier for managers to bully us into putting ourselves at risk.

So, what are our unions doing about it? We need information and leadership - now.

In The Loop

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 04/09/2005 - 15:37

In the current situation, it is vital that whenever there is a security alert, we all know what is going on. After all, not only are we on the frontline, we also keep passengers informed and prevent panic.

So why have drivers been held at signals for up to ten minutes with no information?! It's just not good enough - Line Controllers will have to do better.

Friday Night's Not Alright

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/09/2005 - 15:35

As Ruislip depot, Balfour Beatty management want Tube Recon Gangs to sign away the Friday night agreement, and agree instead to flat-rate compulsory overtime every rostered Friday. And they think we are cheap enough to accept this for a one-off £150.

Don't sign the slip. Vote Yes in the RMT's ballot for action.

Wrist Action

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 02/09/2005 - 15:29

The SPAD (that's Signals Passed At Danger, for you non-Underground workers earwigging the TW blog) Champ has really excelled himself this time, issuing drivers with wristbands stating that 'Professionalism Prevents Piccadilly SPADs' and 'Piccadilly Drivers Don't SPAD'. Tubeworker wonders when we will have our first SPAD caused by a driver being distracted by reading his/her wristband.

We suggest alternative wristband slogans:

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