Engineering and fleet

Pull the pay fights together

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/24/2006 - 11:05

Meanwhile, TubeLines have settled for a two-year deal with a 4% rise this year. Metronet seem to think that 4% should be OK for their workforce too, conveniently ignoring the fact that their pay is already lower than TubeLines, so we will need at least 5% to play catch-up.

And it's full steam ahead for strike action on ISS, after the company refused to budge on its scandalous 'offer' of inflation-only rises for the next four years. And that is for cleaners who are on terrible pay rates and have not had a rise at all for the last five years!

Fingerprints please

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 01/25/2006 - 13:26

Believe it or not, Metronet and TubeLines are proposing to make workers sign in and out using their fingerprints. We can not confirm rumours that we will also have our rights read to us, hold up a card with our staff number on it, wear a suit with arrows on, eat porridge and be allowed only one phone call per week.

The Infracos bemoan the culture of 'job and knock'. Presumably they think we should either hang around doing nothing once we've finished the job, or else go slowly to fill up the time (problem there: could cause even more late surrenders).

Bad guesswork

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 10/22/2005 - 12:44

We need tripcock testers on the Chesham - Ricky branch of the Met. Recent events on the Northern line should remind us how important it is to check that the emergency braking system is tested frequently.

So, what's the problem? Well, Metronet supplied an initial estimate and LUL got the funding. Then Metronet came back with a formal estimate that was about one-third higher! So the work gets held up while management scrabble around for the extra dosh.

Rebranding

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 09/28/2005 - 12:41

New Labour, New Britain ... New Metronet.

Yes really. Only two years old, and it is rebranding itself. Maybe it's trying to throw off the image of a profit-grabbing consortium that can't maintain the railway properly.

A tip: no matter how hard you try to rebrand yourself, it is hard to throw off that image when you actually are a profit-grabbing consortium that can't maintain the railway properly.

Shedding Light

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 09/24/2005 - 14:05

Isn’t it funny how when there is a disaster, management agree to safety improvements, then, when they think that everyone has forgotten about it, they try to reverse the improvements on the sly?

After the Camden and Hammersmith derailments two years go, the Infracos agreed to introduce ‘Lampmen’ (‘Lamp-persons’, surely?) to make sure that track patrols could actually see what they are doing. But now, Metronet plans to withdraw them.

Friday Night's Not Alright

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 09/03/2005 - 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.