Northern line

Wot No Supervisor?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 15:00

Management have again been covering stations without a station supervisor.

Edgware was recently staffed by an SAMF alone. Management are willing to risk safety and huge disruption for passengers by not having an SS around to secure points - especially at Edgware!

On East Ham grouop, the GSM took to booking up CSAs to work alone on stations more than a month in advance, even when Supervisors were willing to do the overtime. It seems that he won't be allowed to do that again.

Climbing Down?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 10:03

RMT has called off its strike dates in defence of Sarah Appleby. Ostensibly, this is for 'further talks', but with no sign of management reinstating Sarah, it looks like a climbdown from here.

Given that RMT members at Morden had asked for a strike ballot, and voted Yes in the ballot, it would seem odd if their willingness to strike had simply evaporated. It is important that a union sees through what it started.

Strike Against This Unfair Dismissal

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 09:26

Following LUL's sacking of DMT Sarah Appleby, RMT members at Morden depot have voted for strike action.

The union's Executive has called two one-day strikes, on 12 February and 4 March. Everyone should now be working hard for a 100% turnout. ASLEF members should join the action by refusing to cross RMT picket lines. After all, the next time that management carry out such a blatant injustice, the victim could be an ASLEF member. An injury to one is an injury to all.

Happy New Year

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 08:14

At Tottenham Court Road, staff working to cover the all-night opening of the Tube on New Year's Eve were not exactly rewarded with appreciation from their managers.

Small things like food for night staff - especially necessary are there aren't that many places to get your lunch at 3am - consisted of a few cake bars and packets of crisps, and CSAs weren't even told about them!

Falling apart around our ears

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 12:28

A CSA at Euston station was standing on the gateline, when a ceiling tile landed on his head!

The ceiling tiles have been disturbed and replaced by mesh to access the electrics - part of the upgrade at Euston station, for which TubeLines are being paid millions. As well as the dingy environment this creates for staff and customers, now it seems it's not even safe.

Management are determined to keep stations open during refurbishment, but should at least put extra cleaning staff on to deal with the filth - and contractors should do more than cowboy corner-cutting!

Strike To Defend Sacked DMT. Vote Yes.

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/17/2007 - 20:53

Drivers and duty managers at Morden depot are to ballot for strike action to demand that LUL reinstate Duty Manager Trains Sarah Appleby.

Sarah left work to look after her sick mother, and unknown to her, was summoned to an 'unannounced' drugs and alcohol test in her absence. She took - and passed - the test the next day, but LUL was not about to let the facts get in the way of an opportunity to sack a popular DMT who is also an RMT member.

Peripheral Paintwork

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 00:00

The litany of bizarre 'SPAD reduction' gimmicks continues unabated, with the Northern Line now getting in on the act. Apparently, management seriously believe that painting the lower part of trainstops red will help prevent drivers starting up against red signals.

Management claim that the purpose is to provide 'peripheral information' to drivers. But don't peripheral objects painted in a bright, reflective colour distract your attention from the main thing you are supposed to be paying attention to?

Northern Line cleaners get organised

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 12:27

ISS cleaners on the Northern line have been messed around for months.

Many have no fixed station, don't know where they'll be working from one day to the next. They are forced to work on stations where they haven't been familiarised. They are losing out on the stability (as well as opportunity to get organised!) that having a regular station would provide.

Congestion Crisis - But What Do Management Care?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 20:56

King's Cross station closed due to overcrowding in the middle of the evening rush hour on the night that Arsenal played Newcastle. Euston became packed with their traffic so had to close as well. Fuming passengers took their aggression out on staff, refusing to evacuate, saying we 'don't deserve our £25 thousand a year'!

Cleaners Win Rosters Fight

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 14:06

Cleaners at Morden depot have prevented their management imposing anti-social new rosters.

The cleaners' union reps did not agree to the new roster, but ISS went ahead and imposed it anyway. The cleaners refused to work it, and management threatened to send them home. But the cleaners stood their ground, and RMT activists from other grades turned up at the depot at their signing-on time to offer support.