Tubeworker's blog https://www.workersliberty.org/ en Tube cleaner's solidarity speech to striking HMRC cleaners' virtual strike rally https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-08/tube-cleaners-solidarity-speech-striking-hmrc-cleaners-virtual-strike-rally <span>Tube cleaner&#039;s solidarity speech to striking HMRC cleaners&#039; virtual strike rally</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Solidarity.jpg" width="600" height="248" alt="A graphic displaying workers linking arms in front of the word &quot;Solidarity&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sat, 08/08/2020 - 17:29</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On 5 August, ABM cleaner and chair of the RMT London Transport Region Cleaning Grades Committee Mohamed Said addressed a virtual strike rally for outsourced cleaners in HMRC offices in Merseyside, striking from 3-28 August to demand living wages and full sick pay. The cleaners are employed by ISS. This is a transcript of Mohamed's speech.</p> <hr /><p>My name is Mohamed Said, ABM Tube cleaner, RMT industrial rep, and RMT London Transport Region Cleaning Grades Committee chair. It’s an honour to be asked to address you in this great event.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-08/tube-cleaners-solidarity-speech-striking-hmrc-cleaners-virtual-strike-rally" rel="tag" title="Tube cleaner&#039;s solidarity speech to striking HMRC cleaners&#039; virtual strike rally" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Tube cleaner&#039;s solidarity speech to striking HMRC cleaners&#039; virtual strike rally</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-08/tube-cleaners-solidarity-speech-striking-hmrc-cleaners-virtual-strike-rally#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 16:29:08 +0000 Tubeworker 35965 at https://www.workersliberty.org Wot No Chair? https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-06/wot-no-chair <span>Wot No Chair?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/GLAP.jpg" width="220" height="330" alt="A photograph of a London Underground Gateline Assistance Point" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/08/2020 - 16:05</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of the demands in RMT's "Covid-19 Charter" is that station staff should work from behind glass as much as possible. It's a simple enough demand, and an important one for maximising distance and minimising contact.</p> <p>Clearly not every CSA at a large station can work behind glass. But GLAPS provide an opportunity for some to do so, on a rotating basis. How extremely petty, then, that management at Euston have removed the chair from the main gateline GLAP.</p> <p>Local reps are now on the case and will be pushing for the chair to be brought back.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-06/wot-no-chair" rel="tag" title="Wot No Chair?" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Wot No Chair?</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-06/wot-no-chair#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:05:55 +0000 Tubeworker 35964 at https://www.workersliberty.org No Card? No Trip. https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-06/no-card-no-trip <span>No Card? No Trip.</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/tubedriver.jpg" width="665" height="440" alt="A photograph of a driver in a driver&#039;s cab" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/08/2020 - 16:01</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Since the pandemic, confirmation cards have been left with the logbook in drivers' cabs to verify that the cab has been properly cleaned and disinfected with anti-viral cleaning solution.</p> <p>But some drivers report finding these cards haven't been filled in. When they ring a manager, they're simply given a verbal assurance that the cab has indeed been cleaned.</p> <p>This isn't good enough. The system is in place for a reason. If the card hasn't been completed, we have to assume the cab hasn't been cleaned, and it's not safe to drive. Simple.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-06/no-card-no-trip" rel="tag" title="No Card? No Trip." hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about No Card? No Trip.</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-06/no-card-no-trip#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:01:19 +0000 Tubeworker 35963 at https://www.workersliberty.org Resist cuts and privatisation! https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-05/resist-cuts-and-privatisation <span>Resist cuts and privatisation!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Tube_0.jpg" width="440" height="440" alt="A photograph of a Tube platform and tunnel at Baker Street station" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/08/2020 - 06:31</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-review-of-transport-for-london-terms-of-reference/terms-of-reference-for-the-government-led-financial-review-of-transport-for-london">terms of reference announced by the government for the review of TfL's governance and finance</a> make the direction of travel clear: cuts and privatisation.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-05/resist-cuts-and-privatisation" rel="tag" title="Resist cuts and privatisation!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Resist cuts and privatisation!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-05/resist-cuts-and-privatisation#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:31:36 +0000 Tubeworker 35918 at https://www.workersliberty.org Tubeworker monthly meeting, 20 August, 16:00: Resisting cuts, fighting for funding https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-02/tubeworker-monthly-meeting-20-august-1600-resisting-cuts-fighting-funding <span>Tubeworker monthly meeting, 20 August, 16:00: Resisting cuts, fighting for funding</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Privatisation.jpg" width="259" height="194" alt="Street signs indicating &quot;private&quot; and &quot;public&quot; in different directions" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sun, 02/08/2020 - 20:10</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b>Thursday 20 August, 16:00. Log in via Zoom <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8784354612">here</a>.</b></p> <p><b>Facebook event <a href="https://facebook.com/events/s/resisting-cuts-fighting-for-fu/293290285239087/?ti=icl">here</a>.</b></p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-02/tubeworker-monthly-meeting-20-august-1600-resisting-cuts-fighting-funding" rel="tag" title="Tubeworker monthly meeting, 20 August, 16:00: Resisting cuts, fighting for funding" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Tubeworker monthly meeting, 20 August, 16:00: Resisting cuts, fighting for funding</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-02/tubeworker-monthly-meeting-20-august-1600-resisting-cuts-fighting-funding#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:10:12 +0000 Tubeworker 35929 at https://www.workersliberty.org Aslef launch ballot; vote yes, build the fightback! https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-31/aslef-launch-ballot-vote-yes-build-fightback <span>Aslef launch ballot; vote yes, build the fightback!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Ballot.jpg" width="275" height="183" alt="A photograph of a ballot paper with a pencil marking an &quot;X&quot; in one of the boxes" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Fri, 31/07/2020 - 14:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Aslef <a href="https://www.aslefdistrict8.org/post/aslef-ballot-on-london-underground-to-ensure-agreements-are-honoured">has announced</a> an industrial action ballot of their LU membership, closing on 17 September.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-31/aslef-launch-ballot-vote-yes-build-fightback" rel="tag" title="Aslef launch ballot; vote yes, build the fightback!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Aslef launch ballot; vote yes, build the fightback!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-31/aslef-launch-ballot-vote-yes-build-fightback#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:56:10 +0000 Tubeworker 35926 at https://www.workersliberty.org Four in a lift? https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-30/four-lift <span>Four in a lift?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/IMG_20200730_121539.jpg" width="381" height="440" alt="Poster on lift showing max capacity of 4" title="Poster on lift showing max capacity of 4" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Thu, 30/07/2020 - 12:11</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Management continue to confuse workers and passengers alike with their confused guidance on social distancing.</p> <p>Take these posters by lifts across the network. Clearly these are designed for stations without escalators where the lift is the main way to and from the platforms. </p> <p>How the lifts in many stations can fit a max of four people with social distancing <i>Tubeworker</i> has not managed to work out...</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-30/four-lift" rel="tag" title="Four in a lift?" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Four in a lift?</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-30/four-lift#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:11:15 +0000 Tubeworker 35925 at https://www.workersliberty.org Defend safety measures https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-22/defend-safety-measures <span>Defend safety measures</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/safety%20first.jpg" width="315" height="160" alt="A yellow sign displaying the words &quot;safety first&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Wed, 22/07/2020 - 06:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Boris Johnson's recent announcement that people should start using public transport again is a cause for concern. Although LU says it won't be changing its messaging, which encourages passengers to walk or cycle where possible, workmates on stations and trains are already anecdotally reporting rising passenger levels, which figures show are now reaching 20% of their normal levels, significantly above the 13% that TfL bosses calculated was the maximum capacity we could carry whilst maintaining 2m distancing.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-22/defend-safety-measures" rel="tag" title="Defend safety measures" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Defend safety measures</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-22/defend-safety-measures#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 22 Jul 2020 05:37:55 +0000 Tubeworker 35889 at https://www.workersliberty.org Unions rally against cuts https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-19/unions-rally-against-cuts <span>Unions rally against cuts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/No%20Cuts.gif" width="235" height="294" alt="No Cuts symbol" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sun, 19/07/2020 - 16:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The main four unions organising across Transport for London - RMT, Aslef, TSSA, and Unite - held a joint rally against cuts, via Zoom, on 15 July.</p> <p>Officials from all unions spoke in favour of industrial action to resist cuts, albeit with varying degrees of emphasis and enthusiasm. Exactly how to build that action, what forms of action will be most effective, and, crucially, what its demands should be must now be discussed in workplaces and via union branches across the job.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-19/unions-rally-against-cuts" rel="tag" title="Unions rally against cuts" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Unions rally against cuts</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-19/unions-rally-against-cuts#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:22:48 +0000 Tubeworker 35888 at https://www.workersliberty.org Progress in Bakerloo North staffing fight https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-18/progress-bakerloo-north-staffing-fight <span>Progress in Bakerloo North staffing fight</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Covid%20graphic.png" width="300" height="168" alt="A cartoon graphic showing a bar chart displayed inside a magnifying glass; the outer rim of the magnifying glass has coronavirus-like appendages" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Tubeworker</span></span> <span>Sat, 18/07/2020 - 10:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A good news from Bakerloo North, the cover group encompassing all stations on the Bakerloo line north of Queen's Park, as union pressure over local staffing arrangements has yielded results.</p> <p>Despite a network-wide agreement that all stations must implement local staffing arrangements to eliminate non-essential work, minimise numbers in the workplace, and maximise distancing, some managers have imposed returns to full pre-pandemic working. Bakerloo North did this on 17 May.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-18/progress-bakerloo-north-staffing-fight" rel="tag" title="Progress in Bakerloo North staffing fight" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Progress in Bakerloo North staffing fight</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-18/progress-bakerloo-north-staffing-fight#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sat, 18 Jul 2020 09:22:01 +0000 Tubeworker 35884 at https://www.workersliberty.org