Stations 35-Hour Week 2004-6

Displacements – Call this fair?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 09:47

So much for management’s claims that displacements would be handled fairly.

They don’t exactly ask your view on your proposed displacement. Instead, it is down to you to appeal, and you have got a whole 72 hours to decide. That’s plenty of time to think about it, consult your family and other people affected, work out your new travel arrangements, etc. Not.

BTP: Always there when you (don't) need them

Submitted by Tubeworker on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 09:46

Station staff discovered on the strike days that the BTP turn up much more promptly to a picket line than they do to an assault on staff. At least some of them have the good grace to look embarrassed when they turn up just because LUL management told their bosses to tell them to.

Apparently, the plods who visited the Stockwell picket went away clutching RMT leaflets and knowing a lot more about the justice of our case. Still, the words “Stockwell”, “police” and “justice” don’t sit together too well. Just ask the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.

2 + 2 = 28?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 12:11

Management keep on telling the press that “only” four groups have draft rosters not agreed by local union reps. Tubeworker has already made the point that even if it were only one station, it would be right for the union to fight it.

But are the figures right to start with? Tubeworker is aware of well more than four groups where the rosters have not been agreed, and RMT officials say it could be as many as 28. We’d like to see management produce rosters signed by union reps for all but the named four groups.

Underhand Management Tactics (yes, really)

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 01/10/2006 - 15:20

They have been at it again. DSMs trotting out that age-old falsehood that it is illegal for probationers to go on strike, and/or that new staff who strike will be sacked.

Take it from us: it is illegal for an employer to sack workers for going on strike (within the first eight weeks of the dispute, at least). Even before that became law, it was illegal for employers to just sack probationers who went on strike. To stay within the law, they had to sack all strikers or none.

Clone Army

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 15:08

The revolving doors at 55 Broadway are in full spin, as admin staff go in and out to be “qualified” as station staff.

Just as Emperor Palpatine put together a Clone Army, LUL is building a Scab Army. Of course, these troops won’t have a clue what they are doing on a station. But that doesn’t matter to management – breaking our strike is all that counts.

This is another reason for all grades to back the stations fight – how long before LUL passes admin staff out as drivers or signallers to break your next action?

Strike Breaking

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 15:07

Through the years, we have heard every excuse in the book for scabbing on strikes. The simple fact, though, is that a scab comes to work not because they don’t want a 35-hour week and 10 weeks’ leave, but because they are too selfish, greedy and/or short-sighted to see the consequences of their actions.

Imagine a workplace without the RMT and the gains we have made. Do you really think we would be earning the kind of money we do if we had not taken industrial action in the past?!

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