Engineering and fleet

Off The Rails

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:46

The job's well and truly up the wall on the Central line today, following last night's engineering train derailmemt.

The battery-powered ballast train derailed its last bogie and clattered into the wall, sending four on board to hospital, including the tamper driver. The good news is that all have been released, with the main injury bring whiplash.

Tube Lines, Thales: Prepare to strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:30

RMT members at Tube Lines have overwhelmingly rejected a company proposal to remove rostered rest days. The union is now preparing a strike ballot.

At Thales (one of the companies which provides and maintains various technical infrastructure to LU), workers have voted by 80% for strikes, and action-short-of-strikes, in a dispute against potential job losses and propose roster changes.

Reps from Tube Lines and Thales should discuss with reps and activists from elsewhere across LU to work out the best ways of linking up and mutually reinforcing our ongoing fights.

Falling Rocks

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:18

Yesterday morning, the job really did go right up the wall.

We reported just a few weeks back about lumps of concrete falling onto tracks and endangering life and limb. That time, it was on the Central Line, this time it's the Met/H&C.

The falling rock fouled the juice rails and the running rails, and it was only the alertness of a track workers that prevented a potentially-disastrous derailment.

Trains Hit Each Other: Management Talk It Down

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 13:19

On 1 May, between East Putney and Southfields, two District Line S stock trains clattered into each other - or, in management-speak, "came into slight contact".

The cause? The tracks in the area had moved. Again in management-speak, this was a "slight movement", but if it was enough to cause two trains to hit each other, then even if it is "slight", it is very very serious.

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.