Bakerloo Line

Justice for sacked drivers!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:04

Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey, a Leytonstone driver, has been sacked following a drug and alcohol test which he passed.

Testing for cannabis is notoriously difficult. Paul's original test result was hidden from him, but he was stood down because of it. A follow up private test showed 19ng of a cannabinoid substance, but the industry standard for a so called 'failed test' is 50ng. The positive result came because this driver has eaten hemp supplements - allowed by LU - as part of a fitness regime.

Wot No Toilets?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/03/2018 - 16:06

Horror stories about the effects of the "Beast from the East" on staff welfare from all over the combine are reaching Tubeworker HQ. One particularly grim tale comes from the north end of the Bakerloo Line, where pipes at several stations froze, leaving staff with no drinking water or toilet facilities.

Workers at Queen's Park had to use the facilities in the train depot next door. Elsewhere, management laid on taxis for staff to travel to neighbouring stations to use toilets.

No cuts to Wembley Central event staff!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:00

Wembley Park, the main station serving Wembley Stadium, currently has additional support from the Special Requirements Team for match days and events. Wembley Central, not quite as close to the stadium but also used to access it, has less SRT support but has its own additional event staff complement rostered on for match/event days.

Goldfish Bowl Woes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:40

The “Goldfish Bowl” facility used by drivers at Elephant and Castle is increasingly unfit for use.

There are vermin traps in every corner, dirt and mould up the walls, and a disgusting smell that seems to have seeped into the tiles.

Does LU think so little of workers’ dignity that it wants us to take our breaks in conditions like this?

Union reps are pushing for a full refurb. Basic dignity at work is non-negotiable.

Taking The Piss... And Worse?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 00:04

Spare a thought for the staff, particularly cleaners, and passengers who had a nasty surprise at Oxford Circus late last month when a sewer pipe burst, leading to what might euphemistically be referred to as brown effluence leaking on the Argyll gate line and down towards the escalators.

A long-awaited refurb of the staff toilets was underway at the time. Tubeworker wonders whether the company LU hired to do the job might've botched it, leading to the... ahem... shitty situation.

Yet another argument for bringing maintenance work back in house.

Wot No Overground Staff?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:42

London Overground plans to remove all its staff from stations run by LUL from next month.

At these stations - such as Canada Water and Highbury & Islington - Overground staff are an essential complement to Underground staff, dealing with incidents, last trains, passenger assistance and so on. Taking them away is an unacceptable cut to Overground jobs and an extra workload for Underground staff at those locations.

Management of both companies are in a flap now their plans have been rumbled. We need more staff not fewer - and we can stop this cut!

Oxford Circus Swimming Pool?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:05

Staff at Oxford Circus are wondering whether they might soon need waders and galoshes as part of their PPE, as a series of leaks have led to significant build-ups of water on platforms and in passageways.

Station staff and cleaners have done a good job managing the situation to keep the place safe for passengers, but unless the underlying issue (which seems to be a problem with piping) is properly fixed in short order, that won't be possible for much longer. Union safety reps are on the case and will need to make sure management don't cut corners with safety.