Waterloo & City line

W&C Service Controllers Strike Back

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:40

Waterloo and City line service controllers will strike for 48 hours next week in their fight to have their job uprated.

W&C controllers are paid less than every other service controller on the job - they have a grade all to themselves so that the company can pay them five grand less than others. They are even paid less than some signal operators.

This is despite the fact that their job includes signal operations, line control and line information, and despite new equipment being installed in their control room.

Wot No Security Checks?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:32

Central and Waterloo & City line staff were no doubt delighted to receive a bulletin from our management stressing the importance of our role in security checks.

We wholeheartedly agree. The hours that station staff spend every day checking areas and doors are secure, registering each check with a "wand", is essential to the security of millions of people travelling on the Underground. It - quite literally - saves lives. It's nice to see management acknowledge this.

Strike Threat Forces Management to Talk Pay Rise

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 19:08

For nearly two years, Waterloo & City line service control staff have been refusing overtime in pursuit of their entirely justified claim for higher pay to reflect the complexity of their work. Nothing doing. Management didn't care.

So they stepped it up. Balloted for strike action. Got a 100% Yes vote. Put on a 48-hour strike.

And guess what? Management came running to ACAS and have now agreed a review which should lead to a pay enhancement.

The lesson is obvious: if we want to win, we must show willing to take action.

Northern Line drivers, Waterloo & City service controllers, Interserve cleaners: prepare to strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:14

Northern Line drivers

A strike ballot for RMT driver members at the Morden depot on the Northern Line closes tomorrow (18 November). The strike is to demand reinstatement for Alex McGuigan, a Northern Line driver and RMT member with 29 years' service, who was unfairly sacked after a breathalyser test gave a positive reading but didn't take into account his Type-2 Diabetes or test his urine sample.

Dirty Drain

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:56

You could be taking a big risk if you take a swig of water in the Waterloo & City line depot.

The site used to be a chemical plant, and it seems that some of the chemicals might have, erm, lingered. In a recent test of the water, it tested positive for nine out of fifteen pollutants.

Yuk. No wonder it's known as 'The Drain'. It doesn't sound safe to work from to us.

Wot No Controller? Tubeworker Sat, 07/12/2008 - 08:19

The Waterloo and City line may be a little short, but it still needs controlling like any other line. So how is it that the people who do the job are 'mere' signal operators, paid less than they should be and expected to do work that they shouldn't.

It is said that if something waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck. Well, if someone makes decisions like a controller, answers the phone like a controller, and liaises with station staff and drivers like a controller ... then they are a controller. Except when LUL wants to grade and pay them less, apparently.

Seeing Sense Tubeworker Fri, 09/14/2007 - 15:39

Given the pig's ear that Metronet has made of the stuff it is in charge of already, you'd think that no-one in their right mind would consider giving the bankrupt company any extra responsibilities, wouldn't you?

Fortunately, LUL has finally seen sense and abandoned its plan to transfer Waterloo & City shunting duties to Metronet.

Both RMT and ASLEF can take credit for getting this ludicrous plan shelved.

Watching You Tubeworker Sun, 01/14/2007 - 20:40

Tubeworker recommends to Endemol and Channel Four a possible venue for the next series of Big Brother - the new Waterloo & City line signal cabin.

It's got cameras pointing at the staff, though no-one seems to know who's looking at the monitors. And you have to walk through the changing room to get into the cabin, meaning that people don't get to change in private.

Perhaps management could introduce a Diary Room too, then the Signal Ops could go in there and sound off about their employer's stupidity.