Tube Lines

Bring It All In House!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:07

The full reintegration of former "TubeLines" engineering maintenance work on the Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly Lines into LUL represents the culmination of a years-long union campaign to bring outsourced work back in house. Their continued outsourcing was a legacy of the disastrous "Public Private Partnership".

Engineers: Vote Yes for Strikes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/09/2016 - 18:53

Engineers in the RMT are currently taking part in two strike ballots, both concluding on 28 January.

TubeLines staff are being balloted for strikes over pay. Reps overwhelmingly rejected a settlement (which also covers proposed pay and terms conditions arrangements for the proposed "Night Tube") that was equivalent to the deal offered to LU staff, which unions have also rejected.

Off The Rails

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:46

The job's well and truly up the wall on the Central line today, following last night's engineering train derailmemt.

The battery-powered ballast train derailed its last bogie and clattered into the wall, sending four on board to hospital, including the tamper driver. The good news is that all have been released, with the main injury bring whiplash.

Tube Lines, Thales: Prepare to strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 01:30

RMT members at Tube Lines have overwhelmingly rejected a company proposal to remove rostered rest days. The union is now preparing a strike ballot.

At Thales (one of the companies which provides and maintains various technical infrastructure to LU), workers have voted by 80% for strikes, and action-short-of-strikes, in a dispute against potential job losses and propose roster changes.

Reps from Tube Lines and Thales should discuss with reps and activists from elsewhere across LU to work out the best ways of linking up and mutually reinforcing our ongoing fights.

Tube Lines: What's Occurring?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:20

For a few years now, Tube Lines workers have been fighting for equal pensions and passes. Readers will no doubt recall strike action over the issue. But that was a long time ago now, and while they did win staff passes, staff who joined Tube Lines since it formed under the notorious PPP still do not have the right to join the TfL Pension Fund on the same terms as everyone else.

Tube Lines Reintegration is a Trojan Horse

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 16:32

Tube Lines to be reintegrated into London Underground! The headline on management's bulletin wanted us to believe that this was all good news, in the manner of Cilla Black reuniting long-lost siblings.

But read past the headline and you will see two big devils in the detail: firstly, that only support and projects staff are coming back in (to TfL and LU APD, respectively), not maintenance workers; and that the transferring staff will not be allowed to join the TfL Pension scheme.

Tube Lines: Crank Up The Pressure

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 09:44

Tube Lines' new management - aka. London Underground Ltd! - need a little time to think about whether they can afford to meet our demand for equal pensions and passes, apparently.

They reckon they might be able to afford it if we make some sacrifices: or jobs, pay and conditions, perhaps? They seem to be forgetting that equality is our RIGHT, not something that we should have to pay for. The company can look elsewhere for the cost, perhaps into their own overstuffed pockets, or to the wasteful system of contracts and consultants that litters their outfit.

Tube Lines and LUL: Commitment Issues?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 17:40

We all got a bulletin from Mike Brown yesterday, with an announcement about Tube Lines.

As we know, TfL bought Tube Lines in 2010 after the all-too-predictable failure of the PPP, but kept it as a separate entity from LUL. It's a silly situation, which should be immediately rectified by integrating Tube Lines fully back into London Underground Ltd just as Metronet has been.

So was that Mike's announcement? No. It was that the Tube Lines big cheese is leaving, and that it will now report to an LUL Director while remaining a separate company.