Promotion

Battling your way through the Tube's chaotic promotion system

A Sick Proposal

If you followed the links in management's report of the latest Company Council meeting, you may have noticed that the company proposes blocking staff from transfer or promotion if you have a warning.

Given that managers chuck around attendance warnings like confetti, this will mean hundreds of staff frozen where they are at any time. this will be miserable for us: be unlucky enough to get sick twice in six months, and that's your chance to advance your career - or just to work nearer your home or at a workplace you prefer - put on hold for half a year.

LUL proposes to block moves for staff with warnings.

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CSA Forever?

Congratulations to everyone who passed the SCRA assessment. If your name's in the Traffic Circular, it's time to nominate a position.

Congratulations to everyone who passed the SCRA assessment. If your name's in the Traffic Circular, it's time to nominate a position.

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No Promotion!

There have been so few promotional opportunities in LU recently that last week’s Station Supervisor campaign was a much-needed ray of hope. This was soon dashed when staff read they could only apply if able to nominate for a ticket office position. By Friday, the Campaign Recruitment Team said they had put the whole campaign on hold due to an unspecified ‘administrative error’. Had they listened to the RMT’s objection to this discriminatory way of recruiting, or is it just plain incompetence on their part? Either way, this episode has left staff feeling even more demoralized.

There have been so few promotional opportunities in LU recently that last week’s Station Supervisor campaign was a much-needed ray of hope.

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2 Won't Do!

Management have a little ploy on stations - slipping in SS2s (or SSMFs) to work on SS1 stations. They did it last year at Warren Street, getting an SRT SS to help out on the night turn during the refurb. Now they are trying it at Waterloo, getting SS2/MFs from other groups to come and work on the station. And rumour has it that LUL reckons that 'escalator assist' Supervisors at Bank don't actually have to be SS1s despite it being an SS1 station!

Management have a little ploy on stations - slipping in SS2s (or SSMFs) to work on SS1 stations. They did it last year at Warren Street, getting an SRT SS to help out on the night turn during the refurb. Now they are trying it at Waterloo, getting SS2/MFs from other groups to come and work on the station. And rumour has it that LUL reckons that 'escalator assist' Supervisors at Bank don't actually have to be SS1s despite it being an SS1 station!

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Staff Giveaway

The absolute cheek of it! Management, having enticed staff to apply for RCI and discovered that far more of us passed than they anticipated (perhaps they underestimate our talents!), have written to some of those on the training waiting list asking us if we want to go and work on the buses!

We kid you not. What an absolute indictment of the state of the internal promotion system that they can think of nothing better to do with capable staff than give us away to another company.

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Why Are We (Still) Waiting?

Remember management promising to create the grade of SA(CR) coach, so that all those Stations Assistants (Control Room) who have been coaching other staff in the role could actually get some reward ie. dosh? Hmm, well they might have agreed it a year ago, but they still haven't delivered the goods. No recruitment advert has appeared, and we are not likely to see one before next month.

Contrast this to the undue haste when they have recruitment campaigns that management really want to pursue (such as the French-speaking CSAs at Kings Cross).

Why Are We (Still) Waiting?

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Why Are We Waiting?

Applicants for SSMF have been left waiting for assessment dates due to the very high demand for drivers assessments. Yes, to assess all the external driver applicants they've been encouraging to apply!

CSAs going to drivers' assessments are reporting that they are totally outnumbered by external applicants. The lack of capacity to deal with these external applicants is leaving internal applicants for other grades hanging on in the dark.

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Blurred Vision

Note to occupational health. When you do the sight test for someone who has achieved promotion to driver, let them wear their glasses. After all, they are hardly going to get in the cab and take their specs off, are they?!

Rumour has it that a CSA, having passed all the tests for driver, may have been knocked back after passing the sight test with glasses on but failing it with them off. Tubeworker can not believe that management would cause such an obvious injustice through such a basic mistake.

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That's Magic

Traffic Circular 38 contained a rather odd recruitment advert. Service Controllers wanted, should have a 'bit of magic' and the ability to 'make problems disappear'!

Could this be an admission by management that mere Muggles can not operate their system? Could that be because of impractical timetables, knackered equipment and stress-packed working conditions?

Or maybe management's ability to create problems out of thin air means they need staff who can then magic them away again?!

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External Recruitment of SAMFs

Fancy an SAMF's job? Then pop down to your local JobCentre!

Believe the bare-faced cheek of it or not, management are actually talking about direct (ie.external) recruitment of SAMFs. Yes, this is at the same time that they are planning to get rid of 270+ SAMF positions and are making it as hard as possible for CSAs to get promoted.

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On The Cheap

Station staff will have noticed that management struggle to cover posts over a long period - eg. during maternity leave or long-term sickness. Obviously, then, they need to employ more reserves.

Well, you'd think it's obvious, wouldn't you? But management have another plan, which will save them a considerable amount of dosh - at your expense. They want to have a group of staff who hold licences above their grade, then step them up for several months to cover the uncovered post, only to send them back to their lower grade.

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