With OSN 101, platforms were recategorised so that drivers no longer need assistance from station staff. RMT is boycotting this unsafe, staff-cutting measure.
But train ops have found it tricky to carry out the boycott. When asking for assistance at recently regraded 'Cat B' stations, some supervisors have told drivers they are too busy to assist.
Maybe Line Controllers and SS's involved are RMT members who don’t understand why some drivers are refusing to self dispatch. Maybe some grades don’t feel able to support drivers in boycotting OSN101 because only drivers were balloted.
All grades need more information. Drivers working on their own need a lot of confidence to carry out the boycott. Advice should be issued to ASLEF drivers too, as their union has gone along with this policy so far.
We’ve recently seen a pattern of unions decelerating after taking initial action, such as being told not to accept the new 'Defective in Service Manuals' but then going quiet. We need to keep the pressure on!