Casualisation and de-staffing

Picc fleet workers vote for strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 07/04/2017 - 14:27

Fleet workers on the Picc have returned a thumping majority for strikes in their fight for permanent jobs, easily clearing the thresholds of the Trade Union Act.

144 workers were balloted, with 121 (84%) returning their ballot papers. 115 voted for strikes, and 119 for action short of strikes. Six workers voted against strikes, and two against action short. That's an 80% majority for action!

The dispute aims to force LU/TubeLines to make all new jobs permanent, and abandon their current plans to recruit new staff on two-year fixed-terms contracts.

World Cup "Common Sense"

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 03:41

"Businesses hail 'victory for common sense'", the Evening Standard bellows, announcing Transport for London's decision to lay on extra night bus services after England's first World Cup game on Saturday. The Standard claims its "appeal" for the extra transport is what swayed TfL.

So much expressed in so short a headline! How much it does indeed tell us about the "common sense" of London's "business community", and the values of its propaganda sheet, the Evening Standard!

DLR strikes announced

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 00:17

After their strike ballot returned a 9-1 majority in favour of striking, DLR staff will be out from 29-31 January and from 4-6 February, in two 48-hour strikes. They'll also be taking action short of strikes in the form of a rest-day working and overtime ban from 31 January to 1 February.

The ballot result shows a clear feeling for action, and it's great that the second strike will coincide with action on London Underground, meaning they'll be maximum impact across the network.

Positions Deleted?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:30

Hidden in the back of the latest Traffic Circular, there is a section entitled: ‘changes to part time customer service positions’. It lists 'positions removed', i.e. jobs that have been abolished: two at Paddington Sub; one at Barkingside and one at Leytonstone.

LU can't just 'delete' positions! Not content with removing 953 from stations at present, is it adding a few more to the total by the back door in the hope that we won't notice?

Mobile Supervision Makes a Comeback

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 20:41

In April, Tubeworker reported that mobile station supervision was creeping onto LU stations, with reports of supervisors covering Turnham Green, Kew Gardens and Gunnersbury Stations simultaneously.

Now London Underground has written to the RMT, saying 'mobile station supervision' in this area has proven so 'effective' that LU intends to introduce mobile station supervision on the Wembley Central group too.

Justice for the 33!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 21:40

The 33 agency workers who were dismissed from LU in January are still campaigning hard. They’ve been doing a ‘walkabout’ of London Underground stations and depots to spread the campaign.

The 33 are demanding to be taken on as LU employees. By taking an unprecedented stand against the agency workers’ usual plight of being discarded from employment, the 33 have catapulted agency workers’ claims to permanent jobs to the centre of RMT’s industrial demands on London Underground.

LU Workers Stand Up for the 33!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:54

It’s excellent that RMT has decided to seriously prepare all LU grades to ballot for strike action to win jobs for the 33 agency workers, who have been jobless since January.

LU callously kicked them onto the dole in January when it terminated the contract with the Trainpeople agency. In terminating the contract, LU did not have to ditch the workers. LU could have chosen to take them on, showing recognition of the workers’ five years loyal and excellent service in LU uniform.

Mobile Supervision

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 17:42

Station Supervisors at Turnham Green hold the keys for Kew Gardens and Gunnersbury Stations: they're effectively supervising three stations at once.

On the High Barnet Group, station supervisors have been asked to hand keys for unstaffed adjacent stations to contractors. Again, this is mobile supervision. It also means that contractors are working unsafely on unstaffed stations.

These practices have been reported on the Central Line at Roding Valley and Chigwell.