Transport for London

Transfer Talk

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:28

Over 1,500 workers face being shuffled around like pieces on a chessboard from 30 April, as LU proposes to transfer the employment of all workers involved in engineering, major projects, change delivery and PMO activity to Transport for London.

The relationship between TfL and its subsidiary companies is something of a movable feast, with the level of integration seeming to magically increase or decrease depending on what happens to suit the bosses at a given moment.

TfL Ambassadors: Don't Undermine Your Colleagues!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:59

As our overtime ban keeps forcing station closures, here's LU's latest wheeze: begging "TfL Ambassadors" (aka "the pink hi-vi brigade") who hold limited stations licenses, to work shifts. Scandalously, they're offering them more money than CSAs get paid, including uplifts for night shifts which Night Tube staff don't get.

Transport for London faces further funding cuts

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:29

This article was originally published on the Off The Rails blog, Tubeworker's sister blog for mainline railway workers, here.


Between 2010 and 2015, the Tories cut government funding to TfL by over a third. In November last year, they announced that from 2016 they would cut up to £700 million a year from TfL’s grant for running costs with a view to stopping government subsidy of TfL altogether by 2021.

How To Speak Management Tubeworker Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:01

TfL has devised a new editorial guide for a unified "tone of voice". It covers how to sound "proud", "honest", "trustworthy" and "warm". The guide suggests: instead of "utilise", try "use"; instead of "notify" use "tell"; and instead of "commence" say "start." How helpful.

In the spirit of this, Tubeworker has identified a few more curious synonyms that we've noticed LUL using in recent months and years.

Why give our 'Viewpoint' if our bosses won't listen?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 07:53

Five days before the deadline, TfL reported that only 29% of employees had filled out 'Viewpoint', TfL's staff survey.

The survey has the subheading 'Your Opinion Matters' but one reason for the low response rate must be that most of us have realised that TfL and LUL do not really care what we think.

A Penny... or 800 Jobs?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 19:30

"Penny for London" is a charity scheme which adds 1p to each journey made on TfL and the money is then split between London charities. Tubeworker recognises the good work charities do.

However, a better way to redistribute money is to tax the wealthy. Then the government can distribute this money, and we have democratic control over where it goes - rather than it being a commuter-funded PR exercise for Boris Johnson and TfL.

On the Pulse Tubeworker Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:41

3000 people took part in the new TfL staff satisfaction survey, Viewpoint Pulse. The results are out.

They show that, in LUL, surface transport and TfL overall, 82% of us say we're 'proud' to work for TfL. Management can't take too much credit for this positive result. The 'pride' for working for TfL is probably more to do with the satisfaction that comes from working for a public organisation that delivers public transport.

Water Load Of Rubbish

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:49

Canada Water station (on the Jubilee Line and London Overground) is to be renamed "Buxton Water" for a day on Sunday 26 April, to tie in with Buxton's co-sponsorship of the London Marathon which takes place that day.

This is the first time a Tube station has been named after a commercial sponsor. The wall roundels at Canada Water will all be changed, and special commercially-branded artwork will be added. TfL will be making a nice little profit out of the whole venture - around £110,000.

Whose Roundel? AWL Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:22

Tubeworker hears that London Underground has insisted that union activists stop using the roundel in campaigns. LU doesn't want "its" logo associated with campaigns for a safe, affordable and well-staffed service.

2014 saw the roundel represent an expensive service mostly paid for by passengers for the luxury of going to work to make their bosses rich. It’s an increasingly automated environment where customer service is replaced with machines, where around 850 jobs are threatened, where pay is being cut and conditions torn up.