LT Equalities

In the Sexism Club? Tubeworker Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:25

LUL managers appear to think they are in the TV series 'Life on Mars' as they have woken up in the 1970s (or even earlier) and banned pregnant women from driving trains. They have thrown a particular woman - Kyria Pohl - off her Train Operator training course, and stated that yes, this is because they will no longer allow pregnant women to be in training or to drive a train.

Go, Look, Sexism

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:09

A set of Bostwick gates at Victoria is dragging rather more than it ought to, so management have come up with an ingenious solution - women staff are not to handle the gates.

Yes, you read that right. In the sort of blatant, in-your-face sexism that is rarely seen these days (not because there is little sexism, but because it is usually less blatant), a 'Go Look See' visit has come up with this pitiful response.

Get Sick, Get Sacked?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 14:52

Two recent cases of what might well amount to disability discrimination have shed further light on how LU treats its staff.

Two workers "failed" their probations, both due to attendance issues related to serious physical conditions. (Read more here.)

Behind empty phrases about its "duty of care" and commitment to equal opportunities, the fact is that LU treats sickness punitively. It punishes us for getting ill.

"Crime" down but assaults are up

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 08:53

LU's employee communications have implied we should feel grateful that it is bothering to get extra police for Night Tube at a time when "crime on LU is at an all-time low".

LU is on another planet! "Low crime" is no comfort when assaults on Tube staff have increased by 44% and sexual assaults on passengers have risen by over 30% in the last year.

LU cannot continue to dismiss our concerns for personal and passenger safety surrounding Night Tube.

How cuts will hit diversity and equality

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:46

LU makes much of its reputation as an employer which promotes “diversity” and “equality”. But its real record is poor, and “Fit for the Future – Stations” job cuts look set to undo any advances made during the last decade.

Cuts will adversely affect every stations worker. But workers already facing inequality, such as women, black and ethnic minority, and disabled workers, will face particular negative consequences. Cuts will damage LU’s diversity. We must make sure we expose the truth about its record as an employer, and fight these cuts, which will lead to greater inequality.

TfL and IWD

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 20:38

TfL Women's staff network group is celebrating International Women's Day (8 March). But which women and what is it celebrating?

Women workers barely get a mention, although working class women established International Women's Day. Our only acknowledgement is in a London Transport Museum film about women transport workers from World War One to today.

Otherwise, we'll be treated to "a panel of senior managers", including HR Director Tricia Riley and Mike Smith, General Manager of the Victoria Line, discussing "issues that affect women in the workplace".

'Gay Cure' bus ad

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 19:56

So the appeal by the wacky Christian group dangerously claiming they can cure homosexuality and upset that their anti-gay bus ads were blocked by TfL was unsuccessful. Good. Though it’s worth noting that TfL got it wrong on the procedure. Probably not a surprise there – but something they need to fix quick in case such errors allow for groups such as this to be successful in court cases.