Tube fat cats

Farewell, Steve Tubeworker Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:45

LU Managing Director Mark Wild informed staff in an Employee Bulletin this morning that Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths would be stepping down.

Tubeworker is pleased to publish this poem we've been sent, written to mark the occasion by E. J. Thribb, an Operational Apprentice aged 17½.

So. Farewell then,
Steve Griffiths
Whose departure as LU Chief Operating Officer was announced today.

The Inequality at the Heart of LU

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 18:24

Our long-awaited back pay has finally been paid, giving our June pay packets a bit of a boost.

We all know we're relatively well paid compared to a lot of other workers, but we also need to keep that in perspective. If you work on stations, it's likely that you're now being paid at least £6,000 less than you should be for the job you're doing, as LU has forced us all into unpaid promotions that have seen us take on the work previously done by the grade above us.

New Underground MD Coming from Down Under Tubeworker Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:36

Has there been a new Tube extension built to Australia? Maybe that’s where all the PPP cash went; anyway, we have a new managing Director on his (it’s always his) way from Australia. Mark Wild is leaving his current role as Special Advisor to the Minister and Secretary of The State Government of Victoria to take up the top job at LU.

Pay talks begin: whose belts should tighten? Tubeworker Tue, 02/10/2015 - 19:17

No sooner had the preliminary discussions on a new pay deal for LU staff begun than the Chief Operating Officer got his tiny violin out and started tugging at our heartstrings about how terribly hard up the company is.

"We face a difficult financial climate ... Further pressure on our finances is inevitable ... Organisations in both the private and public sectors have seen severe pay restraint or pay freezes..."

In other words: don't get your hopes up, guys and girls. We might find you some crumbs from the table, but that'll be about your lot.

A Lunch Fit for a Fat Cat

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:42

The latest expenses from TfL show an expense from Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy of £450 for a "working lunch".

Tubeworker isn’t suggesting the expense is improper; although we reckon we spend, at most, £5 a day on lunch or dinner whilst at work, so £450 would buy us meals for three months. And our meal break is unpaid, despite needing to eat to have the energy to get through the day and sell our labour back to the boss.

Merry Brownmas Tubeworker Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:47

So, the company is skint, right? So skint it has to make savings in the form of closing every ticket office and cutting nearly 1,000 jobs, right?

Right, but apparently not too skint to send each of us, personally, a Christmas card from top boss Mike Brown.

Tubeworker thinks the money might be better spent elsewhere. Of course, in the new-think propaganda world of LU senior managers this is a lovely gesture; Christmas card in one hand, P45 in the other.

Farewell Phil Tubeworker Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:13

So, Farewell Phil. You weren't here very long, but you managed to announce the closure of all ticket offices and a thousand job cuts before jumping ship and boarding HMS Network Rail.

We're sure it was tough, but equally sure that you were handsomely rewarded for your efforts, and will continue to be so in your new post.

Gratitude? Tubeworker Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:17

Who else saw the all-staff email from Sir Peter Hendy (he of the salary four times that of the Prime Minister, who our bosses still think is paid too little), thanking us all for the extra hard work we did to deliver the Tour de France in London?

Well, it's nice to be valued, isn't it? But the outpouring of gratitude (if one email can be considered a real display of gratitude) rings a little hollow when you consider the context and backdrop: a management offensive against jobs.

Where to Look for Savings Tubeworker Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:50

Armed with the TfL Annual Accounts and a calculator, we can work out how much TfL's very own fat cats are trousering and identify some savings that the company could make.

TfL paid 328 employees more than £100,000 in the last financial year. We know that London is a costly place to live, but seriously, no-one needs that much in order to get by.

Farewell Howard Collins Tubeworker Wed, 06/26/2013 - 21:43

As he leaves for a £335 k job to run Sydney Trains, glowing tributes to Howard Collins have poured onto the LU intranet. It’s astounding how little management have to do to earn praise. Staff have written in to say he was remarkable for being friendly to staff. So all you have to do is possess better manners than your average ignorant manager and everyone thinks you’re marvellous? We’re polite to customers all day long and still get abused. Howard won an OBE for making the trains run on time over the Olympics.