Victoria line

Dust Up Tubeworker Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:47

One consequence of sharing some stations with other train operating companies is that we get the fallout when their standards slip even lower than ours.

So spare a thought for station staff at Moorgate, Old Street and Highbury & Islington. Great Northern have omitted to clean their tunnels properly for a couple of decades, and the dust has now become a positive nuisance. The good news is that it doesn't - as initially feared - contain asbestos. The less good news is that it contains mould and various other nasty substances.

More Trouble at Victoria's New Entrance Tubeworker Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:47

Another tragedy occurred outside the new Cardinal Place entrance to Victoria Underground Station at around 15:00 yesterday (23 February) as a man sustained life-changing injuries as part of the entrance signage came free and hit him in the head during high winds and very close in proximity to the very spot where a man suffered a fatal heart attack at the same entrance recently.

Go, Look, Sexism Tubeworker Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:09

A set of Bostwick gates at Victoria is dragging rather more than it ought to, so management have come up with an ingenious solution - women staff are not to handle the gates.

Yes, you read that right. In the sort of blatant, in-your-face sexism that is rarely seen these days (not because there is little sexism, but because it is usually less blatant), a 'Go Look See' visit has come up with this pitiful response.

Broken Rails Tubeworker Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:15

Victoria line rails broke clean through twice in the space of three days last week. Given that this usually happens only once a month across the whole network, you'd think it would set the alarm bells ringing.

It has certainly set management's excuse-mongering machine rolling.

While telling us that they don't yet have a full report, management seem happy to suggest that the problem was caused during welding or installation. Without actually using the word 'conicidence', management imply it by stating that the two incidents do not have the same root cause.

Wot No Car Park? Tubeworker Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:18

Staff who use Tottenham Hale's station car park have been shocked and angered to find that it has closed - and that management have known about this for ages but told them with only a week's notice.

The excuse is that the space is needed for taxis due to the Tottenham Hale Upgrade Project. Apparently, the combined imaginations of all the planners, managers and contract bosses involved in the upgrade could not come up with any possible plan that would retain the 12 parking spaces for LUL staff.

Wot No Overground Staff? Tubeworker 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!

Down in the Tube Station at Midnight Tubeworker Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:00

Management are happily slapping each others' backs after the "successful" launch of Night Tube. The media scrum around the Mayor and the 50,000 first-night journeys made good headlines for them. Oh, and there were no actual disasters.

Still, it wasn't them cleaning up vomit, trying to wake unconscious drunks on the platform, or waiting hours for ambulances because under-funding has reduced the ambulance service to only attending people in danger of dying.

Fit for Next Weekend? Tubeworker Wed, 08/17/2016 - 09:20

So, the Night Tube 'dummy run' weekend: how did that go then?

Drivers' Ballots Tubeworker Sat, 07/23/2016 - 01:50

RMT is balloting drivers on the Victoria Line, in a dispute over the Night Tube rosters. Reps weren’t properly consulted, and the new rosters threaten work/life balance.

Meanwhile, engineering train drivers are demanding pay parity, after some were awarded a 6.3% pay increase that workers rightly insist should apply to all of them. RMT is also balloting its members in this grade.

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