Probation

Get Sick, Get Sacked?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 14:52

Two recent cases of what might well amount to disability discrimination have shed further light on how LU treats its staff.

Two workers "failed" their probations, both due to attendance issues related to serious physical conditions. (Read more here.)

Behind empty phrases about its "duty of care" and commitment to equal opportunities, the fact is that LU treats sickness punitively. It punishes us for getting ill.

Fixed-term contract CSAs: fight for your future!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 21:47

All new CSAs employed since the middle of last year have been taken on on fixed-term contracts - most for 12 months, some for 16, but some for less (nine or six).

These fixed-term posts were created unilaterally by LU without agreement from any union. They're a big setback; directly-employed work with LU has always been (relatively) stable and secure. Unions have argued for outsourced work such as cleaning and many engineering functions to be taken back in house precisely because insecurity, casualisation, and precariousness are much more common when work is contracted out.

Stick to Six!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:50

Across the combine, stations-side management structures seem to be backed up when it comes to signing new starters off probation.

Some are blaming ongoing "Fit for the Future" processes for creating backlogs of work. It may well be the case that DSMs and GSMs have had increased workloads as a result of "Fit for the Future", which will, after all, affect their grades too. But new CSAs shouldn't be punished by effectively having their probation informally extended, through no fault of their own.

Pick On Someone Your Own Size

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 02/09/2007 - 19:29

Managers have been grovelling around on the stations, talking to new starters to 'clear up the issues' surrounding the ballot. To them, 'clearing up the issues' means repeating the nonsense of the employees communications bulletin in a somewhat pathetic attempt to secure a 'no' vote! Do GSMs have so little work to do that they can afford time out to shmooz the new starters? Or maybe a key role of management is to try to contain the workers when they are impatient for their overdue pay rise and when they organise to claim it.

Ripping Off Trainees

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 12/08/2006 - 17:47

Trainee CSAs are working shifts on stations but only being paid 80% of the normal wages. 100% of CSA wages is hardly enough to live on in London - 80% is leaving new recruits really struggling financially.

This seems to be a case of management trying to get work done on the cheap, and exploiting the fact that newcomers often don't want to make a fuss.

Our unions should stick up for the principle that everyone should be paid the full rate for the job.

Underhand Management Tactics (yes, really)

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 01/10/2006 - 15:20

They have been at it again. DSMs trotting out that age-old falsehood that it is illegal for probationers to go on strike, and/or that new staff who strike will be sacked.

Take it from us: it is illegal for an employer to sack workers for going on strike (within the first eight weeks of the dispute, at least). Even before that became law, it was illegal for employers to just sack probationers who went on strike. To stay within the law, they had to sack all strikers or none.