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Unpaid Overtime

Staff at Canary Wharf discovered to their horror that they were not paid for overtime. It seems that the manager responsible had gone on holiday without making sure that it would be done in his absence.

It's bad enough that LUL relies on overtime to keep stations running. Tubeworker would rather...

Case Dismissed

Ashfield House trainer and RMT rep Pat Houlihan has finally seen the back of the ridiculous disciplinary action taken against him. Perhaps now managers will not be so quick to cry 'harassment' just because a union rep stands up to them.

It's an insult to all those staff who genuinely suffer...

Defend fire safety: union to demonstrate

As regular readers will know, the government has been trying its hand at abolishing Section 12. As all Tube workers will know - but some earwigging readers may not - Section 12 is the name we give to the Fire Precautions (Sub-Surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989. That's the law introduced in...

It's official: the Infracos are rubbish

Well, you could knock us down with a feather. TfL's second annual report on the PPP has stated that the Infracos' performance is "not good enough".

Now, why could they possibly think that? Perhaps because:

  • the track renewals programme is 31% lower than the Infracos promised in their PPP bids...

Metronet: action is coming

As we have reported previously in Tubeworker, Metronet has been waging war on its employees, through 'outsourcing' (reprivatising stuff that has already been privatised), 'reorganisation' (aka. job losses), attacks on our pensions, and failure to progress with our 35-hour week.

Enough is enough...

Refusing to Drive

A few months back, dozens of Edgware Road train ops refused to drive their trains when the radios failed. Quite right too.

Management's response? A disciplinary letter! Looking out for the safety of thousands of passengers (and yourself) is obviously very very naughty.

In the face of LUL's...

Your Right to a Rep?

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 -...

Bad Air Day

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...

No radio = no trains

Or does it?


Oddly, LUL seems to agree in principle that it is not safe to run trains when the radios don't work, but in practice, the company is finding ways to keep the service running anyway. Anyone would think that following the bomb attacks, they feel the need to say one thing but do another...

Fight Station Staff Cuts

Well, there's a surprise (not). Management have come back with re-drafted stations rosters with a few posts given back. They are hoping that we will accept these because they are slightly less awful than the last lot. Unfortunately for LUL, we are not stupid and will not fall for this crass trick....

Taken To the Cleaners

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...

Deadly Fibres

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...

US hurricane hits poor

Hurricane Katrina – the massive Category Five storm which recently hit New Orleans – could not have been prevented.

But the scale of destruction, the enormous misery, and the vast numbers of deaths could have been stopped. The scale of the horror has its roots in the cost-cutting and penny-pinching...

What Are They On?

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...

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

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...

In The Loop

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...

Friday Night's Not Alright

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...

Wrist Action

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...

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