Northern line

Who's Who On Stations?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 12/10/2016 - 21:31

Tubeworker HQ has received reports that construction contractors working at TCR have been getting involved in congestion control and redirecting passengers.

Isn't this another illustration of the staffing crisis on stations? Presumably the contractors are doing this because there aren't enough CSAs. Shouldn't LU station staff, based permanently at the station, be managing congestion and directing passengers through the works? We don't report this to have a pop at the contractors, we have no doubt they'd rather be getting on with their own jobs!

Bring It All In House!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:07

The full reintegration of former "TubeLines" engineering maintenance work on the Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly Lines into LUL represents the culmination of a years-long union campaign to bring outsourced work back in house. Their continued outsourcing was a legacy of the disastrous "Public Private Partnership".

Slimer Returns!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 07/01/2016 - 19:10

Recent heavy rainfall led to serious flooding at many stations, including Balham. Maintenance workers put bright green dye in the water supply to identify exactly where the flooding was originating, making the station look like it had been attacked by Slimer from Ghostbusters.

Incidents like this, as well as recent leakage problems at Oxford Circus, show some serious deficiencies in basic infrastructural maintenance. Years of budget cuts and outsourcing of maintenance work can't have helped.

No to Driver Displacements

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 06/12/2016 - 14:43

Remember that promise that there would be no detriment arising from the implementation of Night Tube? Remember that promise in the Pay and Night tube dispute settlement that work-life balance would not get worse and would get better where possible?

Well, those promises look like a sick joke to the 42 drivers across the combine facing forced displacement from their depots to depots an hour or more from where they work now.

Mill Hill Spills

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:13

The Northern line's Mill Hill East branch was suspended this morning - with no station staff, it was not fit for the present, let alone the future.

The company's service update blamed "absence of station staff". Note the choice of words: "absence" implies that it's our fault for not turning up, whereas, say, "shortage" might suggest the truth - that LUL doesn't employ enough station staff to keep the job running.

Tracks Are For Trains, Not Storerooms

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:08

Union reps have been pushing for the cleaners' storeroom at Hendon Central to be moved from its current location, which beyond the safety barrier. Cleaners don't quite have to walk onto the track to access it, but it's not far off.

ISS and LU say that, because cleaners' "Sentinel Cards" require them to be PTS accredited, they are licensed to go on or near the track to access their storeroom.

At best this is an inconvenient location for a storeroom, that cleaners need to access regularly. At worst it's downright dangerous.

Drivers' ballot: keep up the fight for justice, no to management meddling!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:56

Drivers in the RMT have voted, by 299 to 221 on a 42% turnout, to strike in protest at the unfair sacking of Northern Line driver Alex McGuigan.

Drivers in Alex's depot, Morden, already held a solid strike in December, after which RMT decided to ballot all driver members.

RMT drivers: vote for strikes against abuse of procedures! Justice for Alex!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 18:40

RMT has begun balloting is driver members across the combine for strikes to protest at the unfair sacking of Northern Line driver Alex McGuigan. Tubeworker urges all our RMT-member T/Op readers to vote yes.

The issue at the heart of the dispute is a simple one. The procedure used to sack Alex was flawed and unfair. After he failed a breathalyser test, Alex’s urine sample was only tested for drugs, when LU’s Drugs & Alcohol Policy clearly states it should have also been tested for alcohol.

Strike solid at Morden

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:52

RMT reps and activists were feeling rightly chuffed with themselves on the picket line at Morden train crew depot this morning (1 December).

A majority of members of both RMT and ASLEF showed support for the strike for the reinstatement of sacked train driver Alex McGuigan. LU had to run a special service in the morning peak. By late morning, reps estimated around 13 out of 50 drivers had booked on; the car park was no way near as busy as usual.

Support the Northern Line drivers' strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 11/28/2014 - 23:20

Alex McGuigan, a Northern Line driver at the Mordern depot with 29 years' service, was unjustly sacked by London Underground after he failed a breathalyser test which failed to take his Type-2 diabetes (which can trigger false positives) into account, and after which the company failed to test his urine sample for alcohol (testing it only for drugs, then destroying it).