LU made an offer to our unions at Acas today, aimed at resolving our ongoing dispute on stations.
They offered to restore... wait for it... a grand total of... just over 60 jobs! It's a bad joke, worthy of a Christmas cracker.
An RMT report (online here) says the offer misses "by a mile". And the rest. Remember that we're fighting to reverse nearly 1,000 job cuts. LU has offered a "small number" of control room jobs (CSS positions), plus around 60 CSA2 positions, with 25 more CSA2 jobs in the new year. It's nothing short of an insult.
Station staff have shown immense resolve to uphold the overtime ban, which has the company on the ropes. But we've also had to suffer the insult of seeing barely-qualified office staff bribed to cover our shifts for more money than LU pays us. And all this on top of the usual Christmas rush which hits many stations hard.
LU are struggling, badly. But we need to ratchet up the pressure to really force serious concessions. It's time for strikes.
With driver ballots on the Central, District, and Hammersmith and City Lines due to come back tomorrow (15 December), more strikes planned on Southern on 16, 19, and 20 December, we have the possibility to coordinate a strike on stations with other strikes.
Tubeworker believes our unions should name strikes as soon as possible. Let's see what LU brings to the table when we shut stations across the network for days at a time.
Disappointed that Head Offices have not insisted on a work to rule for RCIs - as management still sending them to 'assist' on stations rather than cover a rostered vacancy as they weasle their way round the dispute by clever wordplay and use of the Framework. If RMT and TSSA instructed RCIs to work to rule and only carry out revenue duties not station work then the OT ban would bite harder than it already is!