Engineering and fleet

Monthly Cycle

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 15:21

'Maintenance optimisation'? Maintenance cuts, more like!

Management seem to think that checks on trains currently carried out every 14 days need only happen every 28 days. These checks are for stuff like brake block wear and cracks in brackets - problems which have caused lots of problems in the past, and will cause a shedload more when we are only looking for them half as often.

Signals Victory

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 02/13/2010 - 10:54

It looks like there has been a win for signal maintenance staff, who are no longer under threat of imposed weekend working.

This has been achieved by one thing: solid industrial action. Rather than roll over and accept the imposition of new rosters that would mess up their lives, signals workers demanded that RMT ballot them, then called not just a token one- or two-day strike, but over a dozen days of action, and 'action short of strikes' too. Because of this, management knew that they were serious.

Solid Signals Strike

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 18:28

Yesterday's strike of ex-Metronet signals staff was 100% solid, and even spread to fleet staff who refused to cross picket lines. So when the sub-surface lines had signal failures, there was no-one on duty to fix them and the service was well and truly up the wall.

The picket line at Hainault was large and lively, with a fair few people turning up and then turning away. It all goes to show that effective picketing is essential to industrial disputes.

Signalling Our Strength

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 16:21

A stonkingly high Yes vote for industrial action has shown that signal technicians are well up for a fight against management's attempts to impose new, anti-social rosters.

The point about these rosters is not just a few minutes here or there or about some technicalities, but about an issue at the heart of our working lives - does work fit in with our lives, or must we fit our lives round our work? This fightback is about insisting that employers can not simply move us around like pawns, that we will stick up for our humanity, our right to a life outside work.

Earth Calling Metronet

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/19/2009 - 22:03

Anyone who knows about the electricity that powers our Tube will tell you that if you have an 'earth', then this is something to worry about.

In 'Triangle sidings' on the District Line, there were positive and negative earths in the same area, where there is also bad water seapage. When this happens, something is bound to go 'Bang!'. And it did. Ten track circuits blew. A porcelain pot exploded.

A Bit Dim

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 19:25

Drivers and other staff have long demanded proper lighting in deopts for the avoidance of accidents.

Part of the process for achieving this is for management to conduct lighting surveys. However, it helps if they use the equipment properly. It seems that the lux readers were held at waist height rather than placed on the ground as they should be. Surveys done in this will probably have to be done again.

One At A Time Please

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:46

A cutting to the west of Acton Town needs stabilising. Metronet bosses have come up with a bright idea for how to organise the work - but although they have convinced themselves that their idea is safe, it is far from it.

The plant will be moved onto the site during engineering hours, but the work will be done during traffic hours. So how will workers get to the site? Get this ... A Protection Master will stand on the cutting side, and in between trains, will call over workers one at a time. On your marks, get set, hurry up and don't for gawd's sake trip over.

Metronet: It's Not Over Yet

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 12/04/2008 - 08:58

We thought it was all over. Metronet workers are to return to the public sector, after defeating the privateers (several times) and helping their headlong rush to bankrupcy.

The transfer of Metronet workers back to LUL is due on the 8th December but suddenly there seem to be several flies in the ointment. It has emerged that only the staff will go back to LUL but the contracts will stay with the defunct shell of what was Metronet! Incredible.