As contractor YJL started work on the floor removal at Bounds Green, station staff were shocked to find their lockers chucked into the back yard, rather than in the promised Portakabin. The lockers were covered by only an unsecured thin nylon tarp, leaving staff to retrieve their uniform in the dark.
When LUL won 'train operator of the year', management inserted their short arms into their deep pockets and fished out £20 per staff member for a bit of a do.
Tubeworker hears that these dos have been somewhat patchy across the job. But spare a thought for poor old Arnos Grove group, who amidst a change of local management, missed the deadline altogether.
Cockfosters suffered staffing cuts when the shorter working week came in - although a concerted fight by local union activists meant they were much less severe than originally proposed.
But the effects of the cuts have now been made much worse by management inadequacy. A few examples: SAMF duties left uncovered; Supervisors working alone for hours on end; ticket machine queues stretching across the ticket hall and beyond; gents public/staff toilets closed for a week without advice to customers or staff; temporary male toilets provided, but no posters to inform drivers; car park exit blocked by refurb but again no posters to advise passengers.
Only the other week, Tubeworker was pointing out that the new Northern line timetable is causing constant late running. It seems that the Picc has the same trouble.
So you thought that the Rule Book was, er, a book of rules that you have to follow? We thought so too, but it seems that we might have been wrong.
Apparently, a Rostered Duty Officer (a what?) can bend the rules if s/he carries out a "dynamic risk assessment" in "real time". At least, that's the explanation that management finally came up with to justify an incident ealier this year when a faulty Picc line train was propelled from the rear with no direct communication between the people at the rear and at the front.
It's another unfair sacking, and once again Tube workers have to rally to the defence of a workmate.
Beware working in the Ticket Hall at Bounds Green. There's some refurb work going on at the moment, and tiles have been removed from the walls leaving dusty brickwork exposed, without any covering.
Management still have their heads in the sand over the cracked wheel sets on the Piccadilly line. They've had the whole fleet checked now, but don't seem to think there is a need to check them again in the foreseeable future.
The Piccadilly line fleet has a serious problem with cracks on wheel sets. On Wednesday (20th September), a driver reported a bang beneath his train. Although this was the first that drivers knew of it, it seems that management have been aware of this problem for more like ten days.
Staff on Green Park group are organising for an official overtime ban because staffing cuts have made the situation so unbearable. Everyone should make sure they are in the RMT, vote Yes in the ballot, and make the action effective.