#TubeStrike: We Will Fight Until We Win!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:52

Once again, we've demonstrated the integral role our labour plays in the day-to-day functioning of London by shutting down the Tube completely. Our strike is rock solid.

There are lively, well-supported picket lines still ongoing outside depots and stations across London, bringing together members of all four unions involved in the dispute.

Thanks, But No Thanks

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 20:04

So, another week of ACAS talks has concluded, and LU has put down another "final" offer.

Needle-in-haystack hunters could point to the offer of a £200-per-night-shift payment for T/Ops, or the promise of 28 days' notice of rest days in proposed "cover weeks" for station staff, as evidence of "improvement"... but that would really be stretching the definition of "improvement". Overall, Tubeworker reckons this offer is, if anything, worse.

Night Of The Living NIRMs Tubeworker Fri, 07/31/2015 - 15:50

All sorts of troubling reports are reaching Tubeworker HQ about the depths to which the company is sinking to keep things afloat as our industrial action continues and our overtime ban bites.

One correspondent writes: "During the 8-9 July strike, it's rumoured that one of the 'all singing, all dancing' NIRMs (Network Incident Response Managers) covered a shunter's role despite having no line or geographical knowledge of the location, no technical training, and being an ex-DSM as opposed to ex-DMT or DRM."

Movement on Fleet and M Door issues, plus a new dispute on the Piccadilly Line Tubeworker Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:37

The dispute over the use of agency labour on LU Fleet has been resolved, with the company agreeing to take on the agency trainers on standard LU contracts, for periods of at least one year.

About That Offer, Steve...

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:40

A Tubeworker reader took a closer look at the "final" pay offer LU put on the table before our 8-9 July strike (you remember, the one they presented in the afternoon but said they'd withdraw unless the unions accepted it by 18:30). It made even worse reading on closer inspection than it did at first glance...

Am I reading pay offer wrong?

For anyone on over 50k - which includes all full-time SS1s, Service/Power Control & Technical Officers it is a worse offer than before!

LU cuts corners on safety as overtime ban bites

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:33

The extent of LU's reliance on overtime to keep the Tube running is being revealed, as our overtime ban begins to cause serious problems.

Old Street recently became the latest station to close for part of the day due to staff shortages. Tubeworker hears that several other major stations have only avoided closures because managers were parachuted in to make up the numbers.

As Fleet workers uphold the ban, the company is cutting corners with safety critical procedures.

Bullshit Bingo - Or, How To Take On The Anti-Strike Arguments

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 21:50

As our strike begins and services shut down, we're reminded, along with the rest of London, of the immense power of withdrawing our labour. But the accompanying barrage of vitriolic hostility in the media also reminds us that we're part of a wider fight; this isn't just about us versus our bosses, it's about us, as part of the working-class movement, against the boss class, its government, and the press which backs it.