Cleaners' Victory: A 'Tubeworker' Assessment

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 12:58

RMT cleaners have achieved an important success - the 'London living wage' for all Tube cleaners. It was won by brave and determined efforts by a vulnerable section of workers and their supporters, and should inspire and provide an example for others.

This has been a campaign of perhaps historic importance, so it deserves a thorough assessment. We have to identify shortcomings as well as strengths so that we can learn for the future. The result is not a full success, and the union's campaign was not perfect.

A Living Wage?

CBS Outdoor Strike Tubeworker Fri, 08/08/2008 - 17:25

Workers at CBS, the company who have the contracts for putting up advertising posters on the Tube, have gone on strike over pay and a list of injustices that have mounted over the years. There were around 40 people on the picket line at their depot at Blackhorse Road last night, and 20 yesterday morning. Nobody crossed. This 100% solid 4 day strike (from Thursday til Monday) is a product of the bitterness that has built up against their management and inspirational rank-and-file workplace organising by the reps there.

Poster Staff To Strike Tubeworker Wed, 08/06/2008 - 19:59

CBS Outdoor staff - the people who put up advertising posters in stations - are to strike for four days to demand a better pay offer. Having voted 65-6 for strikes, and 64-7 for action short of strikes, they will walk out for four days (which will be two shifts each) from Thursday morning to Monday morning (7-11 August). There will also be an overtime ban.

Bring These Battles Together

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 16:40

Rickmansworth groups RMT members have voted by a stunning 93% for strike action against forced displacements - with a 44% turnout that is very creditable given the one-week ballot period. They will strike on Thursday 7th.

Charing Cross group station staff held a day’s strike action in support of a sacked workmate. East Ham group staff are to ballot against their woeful local management regime. Waterloo group staff are to ballot to defend an unfairly sacked colleague.

Cleaners are to strike again, and both CBS Outdoor poster staff and TubeLines workers plan to strike.

TubeLines Workers Vote For Action

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 09:52

RMT's strike ballot on TubeLines has come back with a whopping mandate for action: 266-42 (85%) for strikes, 289-24 (92%) for action short of strikes.

RMT is still thinking about what action to call, and given the recent experience of Metronet workers, it is vital that the strike committee asserts itself.

Acton Town Drivers To Ballot For Strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 04/25/2008 - 07:12

Drivers at Bollo House (Acton Town) have had enough of the management regime in their depot and have asked RMT to ballot them for strike action.

The problems have been going on for some time now, and drivers' patience is exhausted. Management have clamped down on sickness and SPADs, and while disciplinaries used to be an annual event, they are now dished out like confetti.