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

Submitted by Tubeworker on 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.

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".

Tube Lines strike ballot rains on Night Tube parade?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:15

Tube Lines engineering and maintenance workers have voted by over 85% for strikes, after LU refused to discuss ongoing pensions issues until after the launch of Night Tube.

Pensions is just one of a series of struggles Tube Lines workers currently face: there are also outstanding issues relating to pay, and Night Tube staffing levels.

The huge majority for strikes, and the even bigger one for action short of strikes, shows the strength of feeling on these issues.