Disputes

Passenger Information - it's in your interest to support the fightback!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 23/12/2016 - 10:07

As London Underground's short-staffing is exposed dramatically by our overtime ban, stations are closing left, right and centre. We can strengthen our fightback by ensuring that passengers and Londoners know exactly why this is happening.

Station and revenue staff: all out for 8-9 January! Make this the opening salvo!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 22/12/2016 - 16:47

RMT and TSSA have named strikes of stations and revenue members, from 18:00 on 8 January to 17:59 on 9 January.

Naming strikes now, rather than waiting to see how things played out in talks in early January, is absolutely the right thing to do. Reps and activists had been calling for strikes to be named, and it's good that union leaderships have listened.

Central Line drivers: strike against unjust sacking! LU must reinstate Dean Storey!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 19/12/2016 - 15:33

Dean is a well liked driver on the Central Line, unfairly sacked by a not-well-liked manager. It was clear what would happen. His union balloted and the result was a strong yes for industrial action. Drivers at Central line West depots will strike on 24 December and 9 January to demand his reinstatement.

Dean passed a signal at danger in a depot he hadn’t been in for a long time and applied a procedure not suitable to that location. He made a mistake in an unfamiliar location. Anyone could've had had done it. The answer is to provide more training, not a sacking.

TfL Ambassadors: Don't Undermine Your Colleagues!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 07/12/2016 - 19:59

As our overtime ban keeps forcing station closures, here's LU's latest wheeze: begging "TfL Ambassadors" (aka "the pink hi-vi brigade") who hold limited stations licenses, to work shifts. Scandalously, they're offering them more money than CSAs get paid, including uplifts for night shifts which Night Tube staff don't get.

Ban-tastic!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sun, 04/12/2016 - 00:47

The overtime ban is biting. Major stations including Temple, St. James's Park, Earl's Court, and Bond Street have all closed. Dozens of other stations have had partial closures or been left unstaffed.

LU's online updates continue to use the ridiculous formulation "absence of staff" to explain closures, as if we simply haven't turned up or have got lost on the way to work! Most CSMs and CSSs have been translating this nonsensical management-speak when they make their stations PAs, and using the more accurate "lack of staff" or "staff shortage" to explain the closures.

Reasons to back the ban: figures show scandal of LU's overtime bill

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 22/11/2016 - 22:55

RMT's overtime ban for stations and revenue staff kicks in at 00.01 tonight/tomorrow morning. TSSA's ballot, which closes on 29 November, is expected to see their members join the action. Locally, several TSSA reps have been urging their members to respect RMT's ban.

Station staff ballot returns huge majorities for action: don't work overtime from 23 November! Prepare for strikes!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 15/11/2016 - 22:17

RMT's ballot of station staff for action against job cuts has returned thumping majorities for both strikes (85%) and action-short-of-strikes (94%). TSSA's ballot is expected back next week.

RMT has called an overtime ban from 23 November. With the staffing levels slashed to a bare minimum post-“Fit for the Future”, coverage is almost unworkably stretched, and many stations are now totally reliant on overtime. An effective ban will lead to dozens of station closures, sending a very direct message to the company that they must increase the staffing level.

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