Disputes

Central Line drivers: strike against unjust sacking! LU must reinstate Dean Storey!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/19/2016 - 15:33

Dean is a well liked driver on the Central Line, unfairly sacked by a not-well-liked manager. It was clear what would happen. His union balloted and the result was a strong yes for industrial action. Drivers at Central line West depots will strike on 24 December and 9 January to demand his reinstatement.

Dean passed a signal at danger in a depot he hadn’t been in for a long time and applied a procedure not suitable to that location. He made a mistake in an unfamiliar location. Anyone could've had had done it. The answer is to provide more training, not a sacking.

TfL Ambassadors: Don't Undermine Your Colleagues!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:59

As our overtime ban keeps forcing station closures, here's LU's latest wheeze: begging "TfL Ambassadors" (aka "the pink hi-vi brigade") who hold limited stations licenses, to work shifts. Scandalously, they're offering them more money than CSAs get paid, including uplifts for night shifts which Night Tube staff don't get.

Ban-tastic!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 12/04/2016 - 00:47

The overtime ban is biting. Major stations including Temple, St. James's Park, Earl's Court, and Bond Street have all closed. Dozens of other stations have had partial closures or been left unstaffed.

LU's online updates continue to use the ridiculous formulation "absence of staff" to explain closures, as if we simply haven't turned up or have got lost on the way to work! Most CSMs and CSSs have been translating this nonsensical management-speak when they make their stations PAs, and using the more accurate "lack of staff" or "staff shortage" to explain the closures.

Reasons to back the ban: figures show scandal of LU's overtime bill

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 22:55

RMT's overtime ban for stations and revenue staff kicks in at 00.01 tonight/tomorrow morning. TSSA's ballot, which closes on 29 November, is expected to see their members join the action. Locally, several TSSA reps have been urging their members to respect RMT's ban.

Station staff ballot returns huge majorities for action: don't work overtime from 23 November! Prepare for strikes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 22:17

RMT's ballot of station staff for action against job cuts has returned thumping majorities for both strikes (85%) and action-short-of-strikes (94%). TSSA's ballot is expected back next week.

RMT has called an overtime ban from 23 November. With the staffing levels slashed to a bare minimum post-“Fit for the Future”, coverage is almost unworkably stretched, and many stations are now totally reliant on overtime. An effective ban will lead to dozens of station closures, sending a very direct message to the company that they must increase the staffing level.

Stations Ballot: Vote Yes/Yes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 11/02/2016 - 19:37

RMT has begun balloting members on stations for strikes, and action short of strikes, against the fallout from "Fit for the Future". Tubeworker encourages all readers to vote yes/yes!

Our correspondents at the latest round of "Managing Our Stations" training courses at Ashfield House tell us that new LU Managing Director Mark Wild attended, and when put on the spot about cuts, admitted that LU had cut too deep and that the current model was unworkable! You couldn't make it up.

Make It A Hot Autumn!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 18:06

In 1969, a wave of strikes by workers in Italy’s car industry was nicknamed “autonno caldo”, the “hot autumn”. As August turns in September, it’s time to start building for our own “hot autumn” on LU.

Stations

RMT previously suggested it will ballot stations and revenue staff for renewed strikes against the consequences of “Fit for the Future” in September. Time's running out for that; a reps' meeting is scheduled for 26 September, but it's now looking unlikely there'll be a ballot underway before the end of the month.

Drivers' Strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 02:34

There's another drivers' strike coming down the line, following a strike by engineering train drivers over the weekend.

RMT and Aslef members struck as part of a dispute over pay and conditions. They've already won a 6.3% pay rise, and are pushing for further concessions on issues including rostering.

RMT drivers on the Hammersmith and City Line are due to strike on 15-16 September, as they fight to rein in an authoritarian management.

If the issues aren't resolved to workers' satisfaction, further action is a must!