Attendance and Discipline

Change to drivers' agreement penalises junior drivers

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:01

A change has been made to the Train Operators Professional Agreement (Topra). It used to be that any driver who had safety related incidents on a manual line, and who had been on the job two years, had an option of moving to an automatic line. Management and Aslef decided they wanted to increase this to five years and, despite RMT protestations, it has occurred.

Return of the Rainbow?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:24

Remember Rainbow? Managers at their keyboards spotting imaginary 'patterns' in your sickness absence so they can issue warnings to staff who haven't actually triggered the Attendance procedure. Well, it appears to have reappeared.

The Rainbow has been spotted recently over some Piccadilly line traincrew depots, Central line stations and in service control. If you spot it in your area, get on to your union rep straightaway.

At the end of this Rainbow is a crock ... but not of gold.

LDI Difficulties

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:24

We always knew that devolving disciplinary authority down to "shop floor" level would cause difficulties, and we're taking no pleasure in being proved right. Forcing former supervisors (now "CSMs") to discipline their immediate operational colleagues has led to all sorts of problems on stations, to which Area Managers, in their wisdom, have added a further complication: it now seems they're leaning on CSMs to issue 26-week warnings as standard.

'Appy Now?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:06

LU is on something of an app binge at the moment, rolling out new apps for rostering and coverage, and signing contractors onto stations.

There have been many hiccups, and the launch of the "Rostering and Coverage Tool" (RCT) app has been put back twice.

An app that makes it easier for staff to swap shifts and annual leave allocations would be very welcome. One that appears to have the ability to monitor and police staff movement, as this app appears to, less so.

London Bridge: Prepare to Strike! Rest of Network: Prepare to Vote Yes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:30

As station staff at London Bridge prepare to strike on 7-8 May to demand reinstatement for Lee Cornell and justice for Dave Sharp and Saeed Sioussi, RMT has announced it will ballot all stations and revenue grade members from 10 May for strikes in the same dispute.

No Interviews in Cabs

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 15:42

Bothered as they are about interviews taking drivers away from their precious time on the handle, management have a solution - do the interviews in the cab! Yep, they seem to think a manager can hop in and run through the questions while you sit at the controls.

We won't insult anyone's intelligence by listing the reasons why this is absurd and unacceptable. But don't think that just because it is absurd and unacceptable, the company won't do it if they think they can get away with it.

Customer Service Managers: Side With Us, Don't Fuck With Us!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 07/01/2016 - 18:59

There's much to object to in the new grading system imposed as part of "Fit for the Future", not least the fact that we're all now doing work previously done by the grade above us for no extra money. But one particularly invidious aspect is the delegation of disciplinary power down to "shop floor" level. With Customer Service Managers (CSMs), most of whom are former Station Supervisors, now empowered to discipline other staff, we're now working alongside people who can directly discipline us for the first time.

Prominent union activist attacked by management: an injury to one is an injury to all!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:50

Trade union activist Glenroy Watson, a driver on the Victoria Line and President of the RMT London Transport Regional Council, nearly found himself out of work recently when a power-mad manager announced his summary dismissal, at what was only his second Case Conference since going off sick with a back injury.

No up-to-date medical evidence was presented; Glenroy was simply told that his Type 2 diabetes meant he was such a "high risk" that the company could no longer sustain the treatment he was getting for his back!