Casualisation and de-staffing

More Stations Fight Short-Staffing Tubeworker Thu, 10/01/2019 - 10:23

Station staff on the Northern and District lines are set to follow in the footsteps of Bakerloo South and ballot for strikes for better staff coverage.

In the stations around Earl's Court and Hendon Central, duties are regularly left uncovered and staff left to run stations alone. Lone working is dangerous and stressful, and staff have had enough. On both these groups, union members are asking RMT to call industrial action to force management to fill vacancies and cover duties.

Underneath the Sta(i)rs Tubeworker Fri, 21/12/2018 - 18:43

In what appears to be a personal contract across multiple cover groups, Mariah Carey is the newest member of station staff at Waterloo, Stratford and London Bridge. Although Tubeworker hasn't spotted her on the gateline.

Staff the stations, cover the duties!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 23/09/2018 - 12:44

LU's practise of not covering "non-critical" duties continues, meaning many stations are often short staffed. On some outlying areas, such as the north end of the Bakerloo Line, many stations are left entirely unstaffed.

The situation makes a mockery of LU's own documents and protocols. The company produces a "Business Needs Schematic" (BNS) for every station, stipulating the level at which the company itself says the station must be staffed. Apparently the BNS can now be disregarded.

Stand firm to knock back "flash and dash"

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 21/09/2018 - 16:41

The stage is set for a solid dispute to defend detrainment staff on the Waterloo & City Line.

With RMT’s action mandate now live, Aslef naming a strike on the Central Line (Waterloo & City drivers are supplied by Leytonstone depot) on 5 October, and RMT planning to ballot station staff at Waterloo as part of the same dispute, the pressure is mounting on management to back off from their plans to force drivers to take their trains into sidings without them having been physically checked.

We don't always need assistance

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 31/03/2018 - 04:35

BTP seem to think they can step in to "help" during any conversation with a customer where there might have been a disagreement or where you've had to repeat something.

You've just told someone to top-up, maybe you don't think they should travel till they've sobered up or they are absent mindedly tapping their card on a 'No Entry' gate.

We deal with customers like this everyday, sometimes they get a bit annoyed when you intervene but most of the time we've handled the situation and we can move on.

No cuts to Wembley Central event staff!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 08/11/2017 - 14:00

Wembley Park, the main station serving Wembley Stadium, currently has additional support from the Special Requirements Team for match days and events. Wembley Central, not quite as close to the stadium but also used to access it, has less SRT support but has its own additional event staff complement rostered on for match/event days.

Picc fleet workers vote for strikes

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 04/07/2017 - 14:27

Fleet workers on the Picc have returned a thumping majority for strikes in their fight for permanent jobs, easily clearing the thresholds of the Trade Union Act.

144 workers were balloted, with 121 (84%) returning their ballot papers. 115 voted for strikes, and 119 for action short of strikes. Six workers voted against strikes, and two against action short. That's an 80% majority for action!

The dispute aims to force LU/TubeLines to make all new jobs permanent, and abandon their current plans to recruit new staff on two-year fixed-terms contracts.

World Cup "Common Sense"

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 10/06/2014 - 03:41

"Businesses hail 'victory for common sense'", the Evening Standard bellows, announcing Transport for London's decision to lay on extra night bus services after England's first World Cup game on Saturday. The Standard claims its "appeal" for the extra transport is what swayed TfL.

So much expressed in so short a headline! How much it does indeed tell us about the "common sense" of London's "business community", and the values of its propaganda sheet, the Evening Standard!

DLR strikes announced

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 24/01/2014 - 00:17

After their strike ballot returned a 9-1 majority in favour of striking, DLR staff will be out from 29-31 January and from 4-6 February, in two 48-hour strikes. They'll also be taking action short of strikes in the form of a rest-day working and overtime ban from 31 January to 1 February.

The ballot result shows a clear feeling for action, and it's great that the second strike will coincide with action on London Underground, meaning they'll be maximum impact across the network.

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