Central and Waterloo & City line staff were no doubt delighted to receive a bulletin from our management stressing the importance of our role in security checks.
We wholeheartedly agree. The hours that station staff spend every day checking areas and doors are secure, registering each check with a "wand", is essential to the security of millions of people travelling on the Underground. It - quite literally - saves lives. It's nice to see management acknowledge this.
Strange, then, that management see no need to include security checks in the draft Business Needs Schematics they have just released. The BNS is supposed to identify the work tasks that need carrying out on a station. So if security checks are not there, then we can only assume that someone on a platform or in a ticket hall is supposed to split themselves into two separate beings, with one half going off to do the checks while the other half carries out the task that actually is mentioned.
Of course, the reason that management have not included security checks (among other things) is that the purpose of their BNS is to give spurious justification to destaffing stations and cutting jobs. Our unions must insist to management that security checks are added to the BNS, which would then require more jobs on the rosters. That's one of many demands we are making to ensure that jobs are not cut.