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Tories' anti-union laws scupper "London Bridge 3" ballot: fight must go on!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:21

Today we received the disappointing news that the ballot for action to win reinstatement for Lee Cornell, and justice for Dave Sharp and Saeed Sioussi (the "London Bridge 3"), had failed to meet the 50% turnout threshold required by the Tories' Trade Union Act.

Despite returning a majority of 80% in favour of action, the 35% turnout is not enough for the union to call a legal strike, meaning cross-combine action in this dispute is impossible without a re-ballot that does hit the thresholds.

"This Simply Isn't True": A Reply to Brian Woodhead

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:41

Senior LU boss Brian Woodhead sent out an Employee Bulletin on Friday afternoon, which, despite its pathetic nod in the direction of appearing evenhanded (he "respects our choice" to vote for strike action, apparently!), was little more than a scurrilous piece of propaganda designed to peddle the management line in the London Bridge 3 case.

Let's break Brian's email down bit by bit...

London Bridge: Strike For Justice! Reinstate Lee Cornell!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:50

RMT has called a strike of station staff at London Bridge on 7-8 May, as part of the ongoing campaign to win reinstatement for Lee Cornell and justice for Dave Sharp and Saeed Sioussi, the "London Bridge 3".

Do not book on for any shifts between 22:00 on Sunday 7 May and 21:59 on Monday 8 May.

Action short of strikes has also been called: Do not service any POMs, or challenge customers without valid tickets or Oysters, until further notice.

This dispute should escalate to a combine wide ballot as soon as possible if management don't see sense.

Beat the New Anti-Union Law!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 04/15/2017 - 19:31

RMT's ballot in defence of the London Bridge 3 is our first taste of organising industrial action since the Tories' new anti-union law - the Trade Union Act - came into effect in March. The law means voter turnout must be over 50%. In 'important public services', such as the Tube, there is an additional requirement that over 40% of the people balloted must have voted 'yes' in order for our ballot result to be 'legal'. So we need a 'yes' vote that is strong enough to meet - and beat - these new thresholds. Vote yes!

Wot No Posters?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:08

It appears LU is in the process of recalling the posters normally displayed at stations informing the public that the company will support its employees against passenger assaults, taking legal action if necessary.

Tubeworker HQ understands that the official company line on this is that they don't want to "give the impression that the Tube is a dangerous place". It seems to us that a good way to ensure the Tube becomes more dangerous is to send the message that the company won't take action on staff assaults, implying that it's open season for attacks on staff.

RIP

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:49

The death of passenger Bernard Ovu at Canning Town station is a tragedy, and our thoughts are with his loved ones. But there are also lessons to be learned about staffing of Night Tube stations.
Plenty of stations now run Underground services all night but have areas of the station which close after the last train on non-Night Tube lines or other train operating companies' services - and we have our own non-public areas. What we don't have is enough staff to check all these areas.

North Greenwich Terror Alert

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 23:37

A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect package at North Greenwich Tube station on 20 October, highlighting the ongoing possibility of a further terrorist atrocity on London Underground. Nobody was injured this time and the diligence and professionalism of the workers involved must be recognised.

On 7/7, frontline London Underground staff were amongst the first to respond, rushing to incident scenes, arranging and facilitating emergency service response, and evacuating passengers to safety at stations across London.

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!