Engineering and fleet

In the Money

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 16:51

In case you were wondering how much administrators cost, it is apparently around 750 quid per person per hour (that's their fee, rather than the amount the individuals are actually paid). And there are 45 of them administering Metronet. So, assuming they are on, say, a 35-hour week, that's over a million quid a week being trousered by Metronet's administrators, Ernst & Young.

Protest: Metronet Crisis --> Scrap PPP

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 19:28

As Metronet goes into administration, the abject failure of PPP is laid bare. There's only one solution - re-integrate the Tube under public ownership! Don't let Gordon Brown and Ken Livingstone cook up a deal to re-privatise the infrastructure.

RMT has called a protest at Downing Street on Thursday 26th July (nearest station: Westminster) at 2pm. Be there!

Metronet Crisis

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 07/16/2007 - 20:09

Metronet is all over the news today. The PPP Arbiter has indicated that he will not agree to the Infraco's demand that London Underground pay for its incompetence, and LUL will 'only' have to pay Metronet an additional £121m rather than the £551m it had asked for. That's not a one-off, that's the four-weekly Infrastructure Service Charge.

Sticky Situation

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 09:15

Refurb work at Loughton station involves resurfacing the platforms. A tip to Metronet: make sure the new surface has actually set before you let passengers stand on it. One particular passenger was aggrieved to find her bag covered in black sticky stuff ...

This follows an incident during the hot weather a few months back at the same station. The platform surface actually started bubbling, and two platforms had to be taken out of use. It's just lucky for Metronet that the sun hasn't come out since then ...

Central Line derailment: Management cut corners on safety

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 07/06/2007 - 09:52

Yesterday's derailment on the Central line was in the same place as another incident just six weeks ago. On May 21, a train struck a P-way storage bin left by the track, and was lucky not to derail. Union health & safety reps complained to management and demanded an investigation. This was not the first time that union reps had complained about lineside scrap in this area. Six weeks later, no investigation, no action ... and the inevitable derailment.

Metronet re-organisation

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 12:16

Metronet plans a "re-organisation" to get itself out its financial crisis. Although the crisis was caused by management, it is workers who will be made to pay the price. Here's how:

  • massive job losses
  • freezing vacancies
  • higher workload
  • dramatic shift changes
  • new work locations
  • depot closures

So it's a good job that RMT reps and activists are already gearing up for a fight to defend Metronet workers.

What Are They Up To?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 09:27

Following the recent successful RMT dispute with Metronet, workers who were going to be transferred to Bombardier are not going to be any more.

So why is Metronet asking them to sign an agreement opting out of their TUPE rights? There should be no need for any workers to sign away rights guaranteed to them in law. Don't sign it.