Petrit Mihaj, RMT rep at Sodexo (the company which runs many staff canteens) and the activist who led the campaign to recruit 50%+ of the canteen workers to gain RMT recognition in the fight against v
Radio Taxis, the company LU uses for the staff taxi network, lost their dispatch system on Good Friday after Virgin Media cut through a cable.
We all knew that LU couldn't implement station staff cuts without rewriting the LU Rule Book. Changes will come into effect on Monday 28 April... the first day of our next strike.
It seems that by not taking part in the upcoming strikes, the TSSA leadership is saying it doesn't care if 953 jobs are abolished; it just wants to protect the conditions of those who stay behind.
It's good that RMT has called five days of strikes over two weeks (and two pay periods). It shows our determination to defeat LU's plans.
Last week, Tubeworker reported on a letter sent to new CSAs, in which management disingenuously presented the "Fit for the Future" proposals as a done deal.
LU promotes inclusion, equality, and diversity in its training and every promotional interview. Good. No worker benefits from working for an employer that fosters prejudice amongst its workforce.
Tubeworker is alarmed to hear that the number of stations with lone working will go from 73 to 122 if the "Fit for the Future" proposals go through.
Cleaning companies Initial and ISS are scrapping printed payslips and moving to online-only systems.
LU management is claiming it has made significant changes to the "Fit for the Future — Stations" proposals. Tubeworker isn't sure the changes are so significant...
The anti-Europe, anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) seems to have conned some working-class people that it offers an alternative to the political establishment. It does not.
Unsurprisingly, management have posted an announcement on the LU intranet expressing their "disappointment" at the RMT's decision to call more strikes.
RMT has named new strikes for 28-30 April and 6-9 May. The extended talks we won through our February strike have shown that management aren't willing to compromise through negotiations.
Tubeworker will decide at our next meeting who the bulletin will back for RMT General Secretary.
An item on the LU intranet announces that 70 stations are due to "be modernised and fit for the next decade".
"Why are you going on strike?"
"Because we want to stop management from cutting jobs."
New CSAs (and other grades too?) have been sent letters from management "updating" them about "Fit for the Future". The letters are thinly disguised propaganda for the bosses' plan.
Tubeworker recently received the following letter. We've written a reply below. What do you think?
Did you see on the intranet that 'pop up' cafes and cupcake stands are going to be launched at stations like st James Park and Pic Circus?
Cleaners are facing cuts across London Underground. At one busy central London station, the number of cleaners on the station has been cut, meaning the remaining staff have to do more work.
Tubeworker was alarmed that discussion on the new LU uniform indicated that station staff might no longer need hi visibility vests.
Unions agreed to suspend strike action on the basis that LU would enter into meaningful talks with us, including a 'station by station review' of ticket office closures.
LU plans to close ticket offices on every station, but only install an additional 150 ticket machines.
The double-page spread in the current On The Move reveals a lot about TfL/LUL's dream future customer.
So you thought that LUL's strategy is to replace staffed ticket offices with passenger-operated ticket machines? So did we.
Spare a thought for SAMFs at Marylebone, where the ticket office is intermittently stunk out by a dreadful odour emanating from some part of the station's drainage system.
If you followed the links in management's report of the latest Company Council meeting, you may have noticed that the company proposes blocking staff from transfer or promotion if you have a warning.