Night Tube

Night Tube Nightmare

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:09

Welcome though it is that Night Tube drivers have been able to move into full-time roles, it was somewhat remiss of LUL management to not arrange for their Night Tube posts to be filled - especially as there are plenty of Night Tube station staff who would willingly fill those posts.

Result: a massive shortfall in Night Tube driver numbers on the Piccadilly line, a ridiculously low level of train service, headways to make your eyes bulge, and grief for passengers, drivers and station staff.

Night Tube Drivers Win

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 08:54

Night Tube drivers have won their fight with management for a fair chance at moving into full-time jobs.

They had previously been locked in by a ridiculous rule that they had to stay put for 18 months, fifty per cent longer than the standard one year waiting time to move. As usual, management remained intransigent until strike action loomed, with NT drivers delivering a whopping vote in the ballot - at which point management suddenly saw the injustice in the 18-month bar and agreed to relax it.

Fleet workers vote for strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:40

Back in January, we reported on an imminent ballot on Fleet, in a dispute over a range of issues, including job cuts.

The ballot has now concluded, returning a 68% majority for strikes and an 89% majority for action-short-of-strikes.

Hopefully RMT will crack on and get strike dates named, ideally coordinating them with other ongoing disputes across the job, including the Central Line drivers' fight against forced displacements.

Night Fight

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 23:18

RMT and Aslef have now declared disputes with LU over issues affecting Night Tube drivers: their exclusion from full-time jobs, and the unfair application of the overtime rate (full-time drivers get OT payments for any hours worked over 35/week, for example in the result of delays, suspensions, etc., but as Night Tube drivers, on 16-hour contracts, will never hit this threshold, they get no extra pay if their duties overrun).

RIP

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:49

The death of passenger Bernard Ovu at Canning Town station is a tragedy, and our thoughts are with his loved ones. But there are also lessons to be learned about staffing of Night Tube stations.
Plenty of stations now run Underground services all night but have areas of the station which close after the last train on non-Night Tube lines or other train operating companies' services - and we have our own non-public areas. What we don't have is enough staff to check all these areas.

Broken Rails

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:15

Victoria line rails broke clean through twice in the space of three days last week. Given that this usually happens only once a month across the whole network, you'd think it would set the alarm bells ringing.

It has certainly set management's excuse-mongering machine rolling.

While telling us that they don't yet have a full report, management seem happy to suggest that the problem was caused during welding or installation. Without actually using the word 'conicidence', management imply it by stating that the two incidents do not have the same root cause.

NT 4 NYE?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 23:20

Management on trains side recently tried to pull a fast one on Night Tube drivers, saying that New Years' Eve working, for which there is a bonus, would be allocated to existing full-time staff, and Night Tubers (who will be rostered to work, as NYE falls on a Saturday) would have to take annual leave! Aslef initially backed this position.

Terminating Here

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 19:54

Spare a thought for staff at Loughton station on the first Night Tube night.

The Night Tube service only goes as far as Loughton, so it's a terminal station at night, with all that entails. So you'd think there would be more than one person rostered to work there? Sadly not.

Fortunately, there were a couple of extra pairs of hands available on this particular night, which is just as well.

For nearly an hour, the job was up the wall with a signal failure, and with little information given to the station, there wasn't much to tell passengers.

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:00

Management are happily slapping each others' backs after the "successful" launch of Night Tube. The media scrum around the Mayor and the 50,000 first-night journeys made good headlines for them. Oh, and there were no actual disasters.

Still, it wasn't them cleaning up vomit, trying to wake unconscious drunks on the platform, or waiting hours for ambulances because under-funding has reduced the ambulance service to only attending people in danger of dying.