SPADs

Change to drivers' agreement penalises junior drivers

A change has been made to the Train Operators Professional Agreement (Topra). It used to be that any driver who had safety related incidents on a manual line, and who had been on the job two years, had an option of moving to an automatic line. Management and Aslef decided they wanted to increase...

Tripping Up

There were extraordinary goings-on on the Bakerloo last weekend, as management decided that they could dispense with the small matter of tripcock safety. Yes, our intrepid bosses decided that a train that failed its tripcock test could remain in service. In other words, a train could stay in service...

Bakerloo drivers: Vote Yes and Yes!

RMT is to ballot drivers on the Bakerloo line for both strikes and action short of strikes to demand the reinstatement of Kevin Dobinson, sacked for an aggravated SPAD.

London Underground is trying to establish a regime where they will routinely sack anyone for even the smallest mistakes. They want...

Another Driver Sacked

Another driver has seen one mistake leave him out of work - this time, Bakerloo driver Kevin Dobinson.

You'd think management could accept that we all make mistakes occasionally, and that if someone puts their hands up to it and has mitigating circumstances, then a warning or re-training would be...

Don't Sack Zak

Piccadilly Line drivers are anxiously awaiting the judgment in Zak Khan's appeal against dismissal, and preparing for industrial action should LUL management reject the appeal.

Zak had a SPAD, over-running the first semi on the way out of Boston Manor eastbound. Management have had the cheek to...

At The Movies

You might have noticed that several stations now have moving-image adverts on a 10-foot-high screen on the platform wall. It's all thanks to cross-track projection (XTP).

You might also suspect that this could possibly distract the driver, or indeed the passengers, causing potential safety problems....

Acton Town Drivers To Ballot For Strikes

Drivers at Bollo House (Acton Town) have had enough of the management regime in their depot and have asked RMT to ballot them for strike action.

The problems have been going on for some time now, and drivers' patience is exhausted. Management have clamped down on sickness and SPADs, and while...

Peripheral Paintwork

The litany of bizarre 'SPAD reduction' gimmicks continues unabated, with the Northern Line now getting in on the act. Apparently, management seriously believe that painting the lower part of trainstops red will help prevent drivers starting up against red signals.

Management claim that the purpose...

Off Their Rockers?

Tubeworker has had cause to comment on many previous occasions about management's somewhat eccentric schemes for reducing SPADs. But this one really takes the biscuit ... or some form of confectionary anyway.

Bakerloo management had some sticks of rock produced, with 'Bakerloo' running through them,...

Food In The Cab

We think management may be planning to install minibars in drivers' cabs. Stands to reason, since their 'top form' booklet recommends having the following with you in the cab - water, orange juice, coffee or tea, bananas, low-fat low-sugar cereal bars, cheese/tuna/turkey/salmon/peanut butter...

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