Gains made in short-staffing fight

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 09/01/2019 - 22:38

Under pressure from an RMT dispute and the threat of strikes, management on Bakerloo South stations have committed to a more proactive approach in ensuring duties are covered, and have given firm guarantees that vacancies on the group will be filled.

The vacancies, and management's previous policy of only attempting to arrange cover if so-called "critical" duties were uncovered, meant that stations were chronically short staffed and workers were bearing the brunt.

A resounding vote for strikes and the announcement of two strikes soon brought management to its senses.

Crucially, management has also agreed to a group-wide review of the staffing levels. We can use this process to fight for more jobs.

RMT members on Bakerloo South should feel proud that the resolve they showed has forced concessions. Pressure must be maintained to keep management to their commitments, and to push for more. And station staff facing similar issues across the combine can look to spread the struggle.

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