Engineering and fleet

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.

Wot No Lockers?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 15:36

Perhaps it's a good job that Metronet workers don't have overalls, cos if they are based at Acton, they'd have nowhere to put them! About 250 engineering grade staff work out of Acton, with five toilets, three showers - and no lockers - between them.

To add insult to injury, they are now barred from the car park too - the irony being that many would not have to drive to work in the first place if there were enough vans to do the job and if they had lockers to keep their tools in.

Wot No Overalls?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 15:33

Metronet workers are missing their overalls. Apparently, Metronet owes the laundry company a shedload of money, so the laundry company won't return the overalls once cleaned!

But it is of no interest to workers which bosses (or accountants) have fallen out with other bosses. What bothers us is having the right PPE for the job.

No PPE - no work!

Points Failure

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 20:57

Brixton crossover caused major problems on the Vic last week with a 10mph TSR imposed. So new points were shipped in from Spain and installed on Sunday. Just a few days later, the points failed, necessitating a Victoria-Brixton suspension during the day to replace the points motor!

Coincidence? Or perhaps all the related bits of kit should have been checked when the new points were installed.

Biometrics and Solidarity

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 11:57

Contractor ISS is still trying to sneak in biometric booking-on systems for cleaners - but it is coming up against the power of all-grades trade unionism.

RMT has an agreement with Metronet that neither the Infraco nor any of its contractors will use such systems. They are an infringement of your civil liberties, and despite using new technology, are actually a return to Victorian methods of management.