Trouble At The Wharf

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 09/08/2006 - 12:15

Staff on the Canary Wharf group have had enough of the GSM's abuse of staff. The GSM's actions affect all grades, races and genders. Everyone thinks he is a bully, and enough is enough.

RMT members have asked the union to sanction a ballot both for strikes and for action short of strikes, and we should know by tomorrow what the National Executive plans to do.

And TSSA? If it doesn't organise action, its members should sign up to the RMT for the duration of this dispute at least.

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Saturday Night's Not Alright

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 06/08/2006 - 12:10

Management want to impose a vastly anti-social roster for fleet staff at Northfields, making them work on Saturday nights when they have not done before. Social life?! Humbug!

After months of negotiation, RMT and TubeLines reached a stalemate. So management bypassed the local rep and union head office and announced that they would impose the roster. Every member of staff has signed a petition opposing this, and workers are asking the union to call strike action.

So stand by for the ballot - which could be called by the Executive on the 10th - and vote Yes!

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Remote booking dispute ends

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 25/04/2006 - 14:35

After running for years - literally - the dispute over remote booking on and off at Acton Town is over. So what is the deal? We quote verbatim ...

  • 20 volunteers will be sought to transfer from Acton Town to Earls Court with effect from 11 June 2006. These volunteers, provided that they are currently on a roster, will at the date of transfer, be guaranteed a similar link at Earls Court, for example night to night link.
  • If less than 20 staff volunteer to transfer, the junior staff based at Acton town will be transferred to Earls Court in line with the current Train Staff Framework Agreement, to make up any shortfall.
  • Any surplus rostered staff at Acton Town will be placed in the Acton Town pool in the normal way.
  • Staff who volunteer to transfer will receive a letter guaranteeing their rostered position at the point of transfer. Once they have indicated their acceptance in writing they will not be able to withdraw.
  • Acton Town District staff can and will be rostered to travel to and from Earls Court on the Piccadilly Line.
  • The decision to suspend remote booking on and off at Acton Town will not be used as a precedent for the abolition of remote booking on and off at other locations.

The unions agreed this after members accepted it at open meetings and at the union branch.

Tubeworker invites your views as to how good a deal it actually is, and whether we could have won more.

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Pull the pay fights together

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 24/04/2006 - 11:05

Meanwhile, TubeLines have settled for a two-year deal with a 4% rise this year. Metronet seem to think that 4% should be OK for their workforce too, conveniently ignoring the fact that their pay is already lower than TubeLines, so we will need at least 5% to play catch-up.

And it's full steam ahead for strike action on ISS, after the company refused to budge on its scandalous 'offer' of inflation-only rises for the next four years. And that is for cleaners who are on terrible pay rates and have not had a rise at all for the last five years!

It is essential that the unions organise the maximum co-ordination between these pay fights. This particularly applies to RMT, the only union which is involved in all of them. But all unions owe solidarity to all Tube workers, whether they are in their own union or another. So let's see drivers and cleaners - and other grades - striking together.

And if that's not possible, let's get ready to back each other in other ways. If, say, you are a Station Supervisor, would you consider it safe to open a station without a cleaner on duty? Tubeworker wouldn't.

Friday Night's Not Alright

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 03/09/2005 - 15:35

As Ruislip depot, Balfour Beatty management want Tube Recon Gangs to sign away the Friday night agreement, and agree instead to flat-rate compulsory overtime every rostered Friday. And they think we are cheap enough to accept this for a one-off £150.

Don't sign the slip. Vote Yes in the RMT's ballot for action.

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