Reasons to back the ban: figures show scandal of LU's overtime bill

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 22:55

RMT's overtime ban for stations and revenue staff kicks in at 00.01 tonight/tomorrow morning. TSSA's ballot, which closes on 29 November, is expected to see their members join the action. Locally, several TSSA reps have been urging their members to respect RMT's ban.

Figures obtained and published by the RMT reveal the scandal of LU's overtime bill. In one month, from August-September 2016, the company shelled out nearly £700,000 in overtime payments, including a bill for nearly £100,000 on the Central Line alone. Projected over a year, that's more than £8 million, enough to cover the basic annual salary of nearly 300 CSAs.

If stations are so understaffed that the company is having to fork out the better part of a million quid in overtime payments in a single month just to keep things on an even keel, how can they say "Fit for the Future" is working?!

They will get further evidence that their new model is, in fact (as the saying heard in mess rooms across the combine has it), "fit for fuck all", when stations begin to close due to staff refusing overtime.

Our message is clear: reverse the cuts, staff our stations!