Disputes

DLR Shut Down as Solid Strike Bites Back

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 08:25

Nothing is moving on the DLR this morning as workers hit back against their new employers' clampdown.

Pickets at Beckton and Poplar have kept the strike solid and cranked up the pressure on management to back off from their attacks on the workforce. Since taking over the contract, Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) has stepped up disciplinary action against staff, casualised working conditions by using agencies, and risked safety by licensing managers to work in the control room.

Strikes on the horizon as Piccadilly Line drivers and DLR staff vote for action

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 23:01

Two RMT ballots which closed last week have delivered huge votes for strikes.

Picc Line drivers have voted by an 85% majority for strikes, and by an even higher margin for action short of strikes, in their dispute over the breakdown of industrial relations with local management, brought to a head by the unjust sacking of a driver.

4% pay rise on JNP, fourth strike on DLR

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 19:28

Tubeworker is pleased to hear that ISS cleaners on JNP have been given a 4% pay rise taking pay from £8.80 to £9.15.

The cleaners' union had asked for a substantial pay rise; and this offer will be discussed at a reps meeting - to which all cleaners should go and have their voice heard. It’s a positive step but there is still much for cleaners to fight for: even better pay, stronger terms and conditions and decent pensions.All transport workers must back that fight.

If LU isn't listening, we have to make ourselves impossible to ignore.

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 00:06

Union reps on stations are currently busy conducting another "roster consultation" process. We went through this once already in the spring; LU released absolutely nightmarish draft rosters, which involved drastic reductions in weekends off for almost all of us, a big increase in lone working, "cover weeks" (when we'll have no notice of duties or rest days), and of course a big reduction in staffing levels.

Our strikes over the summer forced the company to bin the rosters and start again. (There's a lesson in that.)

W&C Service Controllers Strike Back

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:40

Waterloo and City line service controllers will strike for 48 hours next week in their fight to have their job uprated.

W&C controllers are paid less than every other service controller on the job - they have a grade all to themselves so that the company can pay them five grand less than others. They are even paid less than some signal operators.

This is despite the fact that their job includes signal operations, line control and line information, and despite new equipment being installed in their control room.

Tell LU: The Clock Is Ticking! Count Down To More Action!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 09/17/2015 - 19:56

Talks between LU and the unions on our disputes over pay/Night Tube and job cuts (and other issues relating to "Fit for the Future - Stations") are ongoing. Negotiators say they are making progress, and significant concessions, such as LU's commitment to retain fixed-term contract station staff on a permanent basis, are being welcomed across the job.

But no-one wants talks to plod along indefinitely. If LU appears unlikely to concede much more than it has currently, we need to either give up, or step up. Tubeworker believes we should do the latter!

Update Please

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:19

Tube workers gradually found out via rumour and the BBC that RMT will not, after all, strike on 8 and 10 September. The usual text and email notifications were not sent out. This is presumably because the union never actually officially put the strikes on - instead, it declared its intention to call them - so it hasn't, technically, called them off.

"Progress"?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:43

We have been receiving messages from our respective unions telling us that this week's strikes are off, with an explanation that talks are making "progress". Perhaps we are supposed to just accept this without wanting to know more, but rank-and-file Tube workers do want to know more, and local reps are being pressed for answers that they do not have.

It is good to know that progress is being made, but surely this has happened because we had industrial action on, logically suggesting that keeping it on would lead to more progress.

How To Keep The Pressure On

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 19:43

As the media carries sensationalised reports of talks between LU and the unions going down to the wire, there's been a lot talk around the job about whether next week's strikes will go ahead.

That intense negotiations between unions and an employer will continue for as long as possible is hardly "news". As of now, the strikes are on: we should be preparing for them and building picket lines.