Management are trying to introduce new ‘Attendance, Performance and Conduct at Work’ Procedures, and the unions are already in dispute with company about them. So what is wrong with them?
So Ken Livingstone thinks that the Penalty Fare should go up to £40 or even £50.
He reckons that this will be a 'real' disincentive to fare evasion. Obviously, it won't be much of a disincentive to the likes of him and his various commissioners, advisers and other hangers-on. On their £100k+ salaries, fifty quid is a mere drop in the ocean.
Of course we can! We all know that there is a lot of deadwood in the management grades on London Underground. But could workers run the industry without bosses at all?
News from the Ministry of Stating the Obvious, Department of Saying One Thing But Doing Another.
Before listing 13 key mistakes that Tubeworker thinks that RMT made during the stations shorter working week campaign, we need to make a few things clear.
There is a report on RMT's conference on the crisis in working-class political representation, which took place on Saturday 21st January, in the latest issue of Solidarity newspaper.
RMT’s stations membership have voted by about 5:1 (1,250ish to 250ish) to accept the deal brokered by LUL management and the union’s leadership.
Believe it or not, Metronet and TubeLines are proposing to make workers sign in and out using their fingerprints. We can not confirm rumours that we will also have our rights read to us, hold up a card with our staff number on it, wear a suit with arrows on, eat porridge and be allowed only one phone call per week.
RMT has submitted its pay claim to TubeLines, and TubeLines has responded. So the opening skirmishes will begin.
RMT has asked for a one-year deal and a 'substantial' pay rise for staff. It is the general practice of the union not to put a figure on its pay claims. Tubeworker tends to think that it would be better if it did, so that the workforce knows what it is fighting for, and can see if the union is trying to sell it short. Which, we suspect, is why the union bureaucracy prefers the vague term 'substantial'!
Tube drivers are to vote on industrial action over what the unions call a "breakdown in industrial relations" - and what most people at work call "management taking the piss".
The government has announced that it will delay its attempts to scrap 'Section 12' fire safety regulations for sub-surface railway stations.
Governments are not known for backing down on a whim, so this is surely the result of campaigning by the unions, in particular RMT, ASLEF and the FBU.
Ken Livingstone lines up with management against the unions shocker. (Or Ken Livingstone is management, and does what bosses do?.)
... as Magnus Magnusson might say.
Vote to Keep Up the Fight
The Evening Standard has run an extraordinary campaign of persecution against sacked Northern line driver Robert Rankin.
Talk about a rough ride in the press! You’d think we were planning mass murder, not fighting for staff and passenger safety.
There is a proposal to qualify people (managers to work strike days, perhaps?) to work only limited moves at Harrow-on-the-Hill. Meaning: no point movements.
This has obvious safety implications for both staff and the public eg. a train arcing and fusing could not be put in Harrow siding; or in the event of a failure.
(Melman is a comic giraffe character in the kids' film, 'Madagascar'. The character is a very nice idea, but blunders and splutters, and is not really up to the tasks that face him. Unlike Manual Electronic Logging (MEL) in LUL signal cabins, which is, erm, not like that at all.)
It's New Year's Eve, and Bank station is closed, the Waterloo & City line suspended.
The media, both print and screen, gave us a real battering during the station strikes.
So much for management’s claims that displacements would be handled fairly.
Station staff discovered on the strike days that the BTP turn up much more promptly to a picket line than they do to an assault on staff.
What’s the slogan for Oyster? Faster, smarter, cheaper, Oyster.
So what’s the slogan for the Oyster helpline? Slower, busier, useless, infuriating, Oyster?
Management keep on telling the press that “only” four groups have draft rosters not agreed by local union reps.
Managers are being "trained" to operate signalling equipment on the simulator at Griffith House, and being qualified and licensed without actually operating the equipment for real. They are then going on to operate signalling desks in control rooms. Recently, one manager took 14 minutes to take a release at Cobourg Street - any service operator who did this would almost certainly be on a DB.
Tubeworker is pleased to report that, having won an improved pay offer, DLR staff have decided that it is still not good enough and they want more!
We are pleased to tell you that Tubeworker is not the only "unofficial", rank-and-file publication backing the strikes and keeping the workforce informed.
Activists on the Kennington/Oval group have produced 'frontline', which has a particularly good line in belittling scabs, exposing safety scandals and cutting management down to size. To quote: "Contributors speak for themselves only. Any display of a contemptuous disgust at a morally bankrupt, spineless, inept management or their fawning, obsequious, sycophantic, vermin-like following, clambering over the still-warm bodies of their friends and colleagues to snatch a third stripe, is purely intentional and entirely welcomed."
They have been at it again. DSMs trotting out that age-old falsehood that it is illegal for probationers to go on strike, and/or that new staff who strike will be sacked.
A really interesting diary of an RMT rep has just been posted on the main Workers' Liberty website.