Station staff discovered on the strike days that the BTP turn up much more promptly to a picket line than they do to an assault on staff.
We are pleased to tell you that Tubeworker is not the only "unofficial", rank-and-file publication backing the strikes and keeping the workforce informed.
Activists on the Kennington/Oval group have produced 'frontline', which has a particularly good line in belittling scabs, exposing safety scandals and cutting management down to size. To quote: "Contributors speak for themselves only. Any display of a contemptuous disgust at a morally bankrupt, spineless, inept management or their fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, vermin-like following, clambering over the still-warm bodies of their friends and colleagues to snatch a third stripe, is purely intentional and entirely welcomed."
The last few weeks’ events on the Northern line have shown three important things: PPP is a safety disaster; it is Tube workers, not management, who care about safety; and that if we stand firm, we can win.
Today's press release from RMT is copied below.
Flippin' 'eck, it's happened again. Last night, the Northern Line's emergency braking system failed for the fourth time in fourth weeks.
When a Morden Train Maintainer with 30 years' service was sacked recently, something very ominous came to light. It seems that Alstom and TubeLines now have a policy to D&A test staff as part of their annual relicensing.
Underground employers already have the power to test us post incident, for cause, and unannounced. So this extra testing round is not about keeping people bright-eyed and sober, but about keeping us under an ever-more-authoritarian thumb.
If Alstom and TubeLines get away with this, you can bet that Metronet and LUL will be next. So let's unite to stop it.