Signals Victory

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 13/02/2010 - 10:54

It looks like there has been a win for signal maintenance staff, who are no longer under threat of imposed weekend working.

This has been achieved by one thing: solid industrial action. Rather than roll over and accept the imposition of new rosters that would mess up their lives, signals workers demanded that RMT ballot them, then called not just a token one- or two-day strike, but over a dozen days of action, and 'action short of strikes' too. Because of this, management knew that they were serious.

Solid Signals Strike

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 06/02/2010 - 18:28

Yesterday's strike of ex-Metronet signals staff was 100% solid, and even spread to fleet staff who refused to cross picket lines. So when the sub-surface lines had signal failures, there was no-one on duty to fix them and the service was well and truly up the wall.

The picket line at Hainault was large and lively, with a fair few people turning up and then turning away. It all goes to show that effective picketing is essential to industrial disputes.

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.

EDF Workers Win

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/01/2010 - 11:39

Following a two-day RMT strike over the festive season, EDF Powerlink staff have won a 16% increase on overtime rates and a joint working party on pay, and have forced the company to drop plans to take banked rest days away from new starters.

The company had offered a weaker deal, but workers rejected it and went ahead with their strike, winning improvements.

There may still be battles ahead, but Tubeworker reckons there is a lesson in there for the rest of us.

DLR: Vote Yes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 24/04/2009 - 18:19

Docklands Light Railway have been trying for a while to impose new control room rosters that do away with 12-hour weekend shifts and 24 rest days per year. Unsurprisingly, DLR control room staff are in no mood to accept this.

They voted to strike earlier this year, but RMT suspended the strike when management agreed to talks at ACAS. Tubeworker has often criticised the idea that strikes should be suspended just for talks, and predictably enough the talks came to nothing.

Willesden Green Strike

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 09/04/2009 - 10:02

Willesden Green station staff are striking today in protest at the repressive management regime on the group.

The list of management abuses is shocking, but will come as no surprise to North Greenwich drivers, who suffered under the same manager five years ago. By striking today, Willesden Green station staff are showing LUL that a bully who is unfit to manage drivers can not simply be moved into a position where he can bully station staff instead.

Willesden Green Votes Yes for Action

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 18/03/2009 - 06:29

Willesden Green group station staff have voted Yes to strikes, and to action short of strikes, against their bullying local management.

Tubeworker has not got the exact figures, but we understand that it was about a 3:1 majority on a better-than-average turnout. After some recent ballots for action have gone down to defeat, this is a sure sign of the anger and determination of staff on this group.

EDF Powerlink workers will keep on striking!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 03/02/2009 - 14:24

Before Xmas we reported on EDF Powerlink workers' (the technicians who help supply the current to the Tube) fight for pay parity with day workers, which means they are demanding an extra £3 grand a year. They took their second lot of strike action on boxing day. In January they set six more strike dates.

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