Attendance and Discipline

Us and them? Tubeworker Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:25

The restructuring of station grades as part of "Fit for the Future" was always intended to divide the workforce. We're seeing the fruits of that division on many stations now, as some CSMs and CSSs increasingly see their role as policing and disciplining CSAs.

LDI Difficulties Tubeworker 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 Tubeworker 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! Tubeworker 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!

Invading Our Privacy Tubeworker Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:46

On stations, the new "Fit for the Future" model has resulted in too many people having too much access to our personal information. Station Supervisors, re-branded as "Customer Service Managers", now have to do Return to Work Interviews and Disciplinaries, so they know our reasons for sickness, our medication, and other personal circumstances that lead to absence.

Official Picc-et

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:27

Not a train is running, and there is not a strike-breaker in sight on the Piccadilly line this morning. With RMT out on the whole line and ASLEF at Arnos Grove, it seems that Society members at Acton and Northfields don't want to be the jokers in the pack and have stayed away as well.

There would not be a clearer message to management that Picc drivers won't put up with being pushed around.

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.