Disputes

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 Tubeworker 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!

Time For Strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 09/02/2016 - 14:18

The week is ending on a downer for LU station staff, as we discover that management will impose a "Transfer and Promotions" policy that essentially allows them to move us around as and when it suits them, giving us little to no say in the matter.

Displacements will hit our already dismal work/life balance yet further. Again and again, management show that they do not see us human beings with social and family lives, but as equipment.

Bring It All In House!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:07

The full reintegration of former "TubeLines" engineering maintenance work on the Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly Lines into LUL represents the culmination of a years-long union campaign to bring outsourced work back in house. Their continued outsourcing was a legacy of the disastrous "Public Private Partnership".

Defend - And Extend! - The Core Work Agreement Tubeworker Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:54

A strike ballot is imminent for RMT members on fleet, as they resist the company's breaches of the Core Work Agreement.

This agreement, hard won in struggle, places clear restrictions on the amount of agency labour the company can use, and guarantees that all the integral work will be done by directly-employed LU staff. Management have been cutting corners with the agreement for some time: it has to stop.

Strikes Ahead On H&C Tubeworker Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:43

RMT drivers at the Edgware Road and Hammersmith depots on the Hammersmith and City Line have voted by big majorities for strikes. The timing opens up the possibility for H&C drivers to take action on the same day as the next strike days on Southern, on 7-8 September, which would be an excellent symbol of unity.

Drivers' Ballots

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 07/23/2016 - 01:50

RMT is balloting drivers on the Victoria Line, in a dispute over the Night Tube rosters. Reps weren’t properly consulted, and the new rosters threaten work/life balance.

Meanwhile, engineering train drivers are demanding pay parity, after some were awarded a 6.3% pay increase that workers rightly insist should apply to all of them. RMT is also balloting its members in this grade.

"Fit for the Future": New dispute on the horizon?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:45

The RMT's National Executive Committee has announced it is "preparing a ballot matrix" for possible further strikes over the consequences of "Fit for the Future", the massive restructure on stations that saw nearly 1,000 jobs cuts, ticket offices closed, mass displacements, and forced regrading of every member of station staff.

"Preparing a ballot matrix" is a somewhat trade-union jargon-y way of saying: "getting the paperwork ready for a strike ballot".

Defending Agreements on Fleet Tubeworker Mon, 06/13/2016 - 16:24

RMT members on Fleet are gearing up for a battle to defend their working agreements, which LU are trying to erode. RMT has declared an official dispute, and is preparing a ballot for industrial action.