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"? Tubeworker 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.

Delays pile on pressure

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:03

Our action short of strike in the depots as part of the Night Tube/pay dispute has led to cancelled trains on the District, Circle, Hammersmith and City, and Central Lines, causing delays every day for weeks.

On Wednesday 12 August, LU only ran 70% of its scheduled trains through the morning peak. Last week, the entire Wimbledon branch of the District Line was knocked out throughout the peak due to lack of available trains.

Workers in some locations have stuck by the action short of strike despite being sent home from work without pay for upholding it.

An appeal to Aslef drivers: don't cross the picket lines!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 08/17/2015 - 01:15

Here at Tubeworker, we've shared the widespread feeling of galvanisation and collective strength that's been prevalent since the start of the Night Tube dispute. With all four unions striking together, we've asserted ourselves as a workforce in a way we haven't for decades.

That's why it's especially disappointing that Aslef has broken that unity, begun separate talks with management, and won't, as of now, be joining the 25-26 and 27-28 August strikes.

Night Tube delayed: step up, don't let up!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:41

For months, LU has insisted that Night Tube would go ahead on time and on its terms. It has treated our health and work/life balance concerns with contempt. It might as well have published Night Tube rosters and timetables in recent weeks with the accompanying message: "We are the bosses, we are in charge; a workplace is not a democracy, we don't care what you think". We shut down London twice and still LU didn't listen.

Ready, Set, Strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 23:36

RMT, TSSA, and Unite have named more strikes, on 25-26 and 27-28 August.

Naming more strikes hot on the heels of our last one maintains momentum, and with the OT ban still biting, the pressure on management is mounting. It's excellent that we're escalating to 48 hours, and spreading the strikes across two 24 periods ensures a week's worth of impact.