Engineering and fleet

Signalling Our Strength

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 26/01/2010 - 16:21

A stonkingly high Yes vote for industrial action has shown that signal technicians are well up for a fight against management's attempts to impose new, anti-social rosters.

The point about these rosters is not just a few minutes here or there or about some technicalities, but about an issue at the heart of our working lives - does work fit in with our lives, or must we fit our lives round our work? This fightback is about insisting that employers can not simply move us around like pawns, that we will stick up for our humanity, our right to a life outside work.

Earth Calling Metronet

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 19/10/2009 - 22:03

Anyone who knows about the electricity that powers our Tube will tell you that if you have an 'earth', then this is something to worry about.

In 'Triangle sidings' on the District Line, there were positive and negative earths in the same area, where there is also bad water seapage. When this happens, something is bound to go 'Bang!'. And it did. Ten track circuits blew. A porcelain pot exploded.

A Bit Dim

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 07/04/2009 - 19:25

Drivers and other staff have long demanded proper lighting in deopts for the avoidance of accidents.

Part of the process for achieving this is for management to conduct lighting surveys. However, it helps if they use the equipment properly. It seems that the lux readers were held at waist height rather than placed on the ground as they should be. Surveys done in this will probably have to be done again.

One At A Time Please

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 06/03/2009 - 11:46

A cutting to the west of Acton Town needs stabilising. Metronet bosses have come up with a bright idea for how to organise the work - but although they have convinced themselves that their idea is safe, it is far from it.

The plant will be moved onto the site during engineering hours, but the work will be done during traffic hours. So how will workers get to the site? Get this ... A Protection Master will stand on the cutting side, and in between trains, will call over workers one at a time. On your marks, get set, hurry up and don't for gawd's sake trip over.

Metronet: It's Not Over Yet

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 04/12/2008 - 08:58

We thought it was all over. Metronet workers are to return to the public sector, after defeating the privateers (several times) and helping their headlong rush to bankrupcy.

The transfer of Metronet workers back to LUL is due on the 8th December but suddenly there seem to be several flies in the ointment. It has emerged that only the staff will go back to LUL but the contracts will stay with the defunct shell of what was Metronet! Incredible.

One for the road

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 15/11/2008 - 12:01

Metronet staff were told a few weeks ago that they would be transferred back into LUL by December. Everyone was pleased. This was effectively renationalisation.

Now Metronet have come up with a few more details. The staff will be transferred back into LUL, but the work they do will stay with the private companies, offered to private contractors. The LUL, ex-Metronet staff will be left with no work to do, and management will have a perfect reason to make them all redundant.

Metronet Back In LUL

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 28/10/2008 - 15:02

Metronet is to return fully into London Underground, with all Metronet employees becoming LUL employees - read RMT's press release here. This completes the process of reversing the PPP for two-thirds of the Underground, and is a victory for those of us who have spent the last ten years campaigning hard against this disastrous policy.

Andy Littlechild: Metronet Backs Down

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 15/10/2008 - 09:30

Metronet has backed down in its victimisation of Andy Littlechild and the dispute is now settled. Andy has kept his job and his grade.

This is doubtless due to the strong response from his workmates, who immediately balloted for strike action and made their support for Andy clear. Metronet knew they were facing the prospect of a massive Yes vote and effective strike action that could have coincided with the bus workers' strike next week.

Defend Andy: Metronet Raises The Stakes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 01/10/2008 - 20:56

Metronet not only continues to victimise RMT rep Andy Littlechild, it has also turned its sights on several other reps too. The company's intention could not be more obvious: to clear the decks of assertive, effetive union reps so as to attack working conditions unchallenged. That's why must all rally round Andy and the others.

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