LU has formally invited companies to bid for the contract to "design, manufacture, test and commission" new Tube trains.
LU has specified that it wants companies with experience of delivering unattended train operation (UTO), i.e. not just no driver in the cab, but no crew on the train at all!
Would LU specify this if it was not serious about removing staff from trains? It’s good that RMT is already in dispute over driverless trains and that it’s launching a "train drivers’ charter" to recruit and campaign.
ASLEF needs to wake up. If you’re in ASLEF, ask your union what it’s doing to safeguard your job.