Rule Book

OSN 101: Keep Pressure On!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 16:47

With OSN 101, platforms were recategorised so that drivers no longer need assistance from station staff. RMT is boycotting this unsafe, staff-cutting measure.

But train ops have found it tricky to carry out the boycott. When asking for assistance at recently regraded 'Cat B' stations, some supervisors have told drivers they are too busy to assist.

No to OSN 101!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 11:08

RMT drivers voted by 80% to boycot LU's new OSN 101, which removes assisted dispatch and allows trains to reverse into platforms and passengers to be carried over shunt signals.

Like any action short of strike, successful action will require a lot of hard work by reps giving out information in every depot. There have been some examples where CCTV has not been working but drivers did not know they needed to request assisted dispatch.

Wot No OLBI?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 06:50

When Goodge Street station was opened at the start of traffic the other week, the Online Battery Inverter was down, so the station had no back-up source of power. The Station Supervisor rang the DSM, pointing out that the Rule Book states that the station should therefore be closed. The DSM's repsonse? 'The rule book is only a guideline', showing the characteristic regard of a manager for staff and public safety. When the supervisor insisted, the DSM said he was on his way. It took him an hour and 10 mins to get there, by which time the engineers had all but fixed the problem.

Wot No Station Checks?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 10:11

Management seem to think it's OK for a Supervisor to book on at Canons Park at 06:45 but not do a station check until after 10:30. So staff and passengers will be left trusting to luck that the station is safe for those four hours around the morning peak.

Why are local management doing this? Because they are determined that the ticket office should open at 07:00 on the nose, even though this is one of the ticket offices the company was trying to close last year!

Wrong Direction? Wrong Rules!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 15:14

It seems that we all continue to ignore the new Rule Books, preferring to stick to procedures that we know are safe. For instance, earlier this week, during the signal failure on the District line, a driver needed to do a Wrong Direction Move near Dagenham East - and naturally, needed the station supervisor to give him authorisation to do so. Never mind that under the new 'Rules' the SS no longer has any role in a WDM: we all know it's not safe without that form.

Permit to Enter?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 11:16

A TubeLines Site Person in Charge accepted a forged Permit to Enter to a machine chamber at Old Street. The Station Supervisor picked up on it, and the unauthorised person left the station, but TubeLines did not query their procedures on how this had come about.

Under the new Rule Book, Station Supervisors have much less responsibility for monitoring contractors, and the likes of TubeLines will take over. This is a very good case for opposing the new Rule Book