Engineering and fleet

£7.20 For Cleaners?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 12/06/2007 - 17:21

The RMT has announced a 'victory'. Cleaners on lines formerly maintained by Metronet will be paid £7.20 p/h when TfL takes over the contract.

It is progress that the RMT has got Ken Livingstone to promise this money, and this should be publicised by all staff to recruit cleaners into the union. But Ken Livingstone has been publicly committed to the London Living Wage of £7.20 for months, and he has agreed with the RMT's demands. The problem has been getting Ken to deliver.

Metronet: Infraco Returns To Public Hands

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 09:31

So TfL is the only only bidder for Metronet's infraco contracts.

Good news. It means that two of the three infracos will be back in public hands. It proves that everything that we, the unions, and practically everyone else said about PPP being a disaster is proved true. And the return of Metronet's contracts to the public sector is in large part due to the strength and militancy of Metronet workers fighting for their rights and scaring off potential private bidders.

Irregular Cycle

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 14:16

We have reported previously about contractors' failure to empty sanitary bins often enough.

Now it turns out that Metronet has cut the frequency with which it empties the sanitary bins on stations from two weeks (which was already too long a wait) to four weeks.

Four weeks?! Are they having a laugh?! Metronet seems to think that this is often enough because it usually takes that long for the bins to fill up. But the issue is not how quickly they fill up, but what happens to the waste inside them.

Would You Adam And Eve It?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 12:53

Believe it or not, Metronet's bosses get to slink away from the disaster they created with more than a million quid of public money in their already over-stuffed pockets.

Andrew Lezala and his accolytes have pulled off an incredible smash-and-grab raid.

Tubeworker wonders whether the same standards might apply to the mere mortal Tube worker. Perhaps the new disciplinary policy that LUL is cooking up could go something like this ... If you are guilty of gross incompetence, we will sack you - and give you a million smackers so you never have to work again. Cool.

Want To Take Over Metronet? Have A Billion Quid.

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 09/30/2007 - 19:26

The PPP Arbiter (excuse us, but who elected you?!) has ruled that TfL can be held liable for half of Metronet's overspend, and therefore any new bidder for the Infraco contracts can expect a £1bn handout from TfL. This simultaneously makes it harder for TfL to make its bid, and far easier and more attractive to the private sector.

Protecting Safety, Refusing to Drive

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 09/15/2007 - 09:08

Wednesday on the Central line saw more evidence of the failures of Metronet - but also an inspiring example of Tube workers acting to defend their own and passengers' safety.

At 9am, an eastbound train became defective at Holland Park. After initially fearing a possible derailment, it then became clear what had actually happened: the negative shoe gear had fallen off, caused by split pins, which lock the nuts in place, not being replaced properly during Tuesday's maintenance. The ERU later found the EPBU cover and negative shoe lying on the track.

Seeing Sense

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 15:39

Given the pig's ear that Metronet has made of the stuff it is in charge of already, you'd think that no-one in their right mind would consider giving the bankrupt company any extra responsibilities, wouldn't you?

Fortunately, LUL has finally seen sense and abandoned its plan to transfer Waterloo & City shunting duties to Metronet.

Both RMT and ASLEF can take credit for getting this ludicrous plan shelved.