LT Health & safety

In The Air Tonight Tubeworker Tue, 15/01/2019 - 11:40

Scientific reports confirming the shockingly bad quality of air on London Underground are becoming an annual tradition.

The latest report, from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, reported last week that the air on the platforms at Hampstead was around 31 times more polluted than the average in London, taken from a roadside monitoring point.

Wot No Winter Gear? Tubeworker Fri, 28/12/2018 - 09:44

Despite promising cleaners warm winter fleeces, ABM has failed to deliver in many places.

This means cleaners are working in the cold without proper uniform.

LU’s own uniform delivery services is also in a rather chaotic condition, meaning directly-employed and outsourced staff may be united by cold this winter.

If the situation continues, Tubeworker feels some impromptu sit-ins in mess rooms coming on...

Out in the cold

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 00:58

In the cold weather, we need to use the GLAP (variously, Gate Line Attendance Post, Attendant's Post, or Assistance Point!) to keep warm.

But try that in a new style GLAP and you'll find the heater lets out less heat than a lightbulb. LUL designed it like this to deter us from sitting down. What a heartless employer we work for!

The GLAP is not just a place of safety, it's meant for our comfort too. We would love to see the managers who made this decision work extreme shifts all winter in windy, unheated offices.

Here to help?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 05/12/2018 - 00:55

From the new year, LUL wants station staff to wear red tabards with the slogan "here to help".

The idea came out of a London Travelwatch review of the impact of staff cuts and ticket office closures, which found that staff were not visible enough.

More staff, not an add-on to our uniform, is the answer! Why should we dress like clowns to cover up for staff shortages? LUL has ignored unions' objections.

Progress on cab security

Submitted by Tubeworker on Wed, 21/11/2018 - 14:32

There seems to have been progress in the ongoing battle for cab security, with LU proposing a new prototype with a J Door key opening system.

Trains safety reps from both Aslef and RMT seem pleased with the prototype, with meetings now planned involving reps and the engineers working on the system to explain it to drivers.

The progress has been marred somewhat by intra-union conflict, with Aslef using the opportunity to take swipes at the RMT.

Defend Anthony Codd!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 19/10/2018 - 17:01

Track Access Control members of the RMT have successfully balloted to defend Anthony Codd for doing his job during an LDI!
Management have decided his failure to give the highest sanction available and refer the matter to a CDI has called his conduct into question.

Anthony was then stood down and three months later given notice of a CDI followed by an out of the blue home visit from senior management! Anthony was subsequently sacked, with none of his fellow workers being told why!

BTP and bodycams? How can we make our stations safer?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 19/10/2018 - 11:08

Relations between the British Transport Police and LU station staff have been somewhat strained of late. There’s a widespread feeling on the job that the BTP don’t take staff assaults seriously. This feeling was exacerbated by the news, reported in Tubeworker last month, that BTP officers conducted a covert operation at Piccadilly Circus, where they effectively spied on staff and undertook acts of antisocial behaviour in order to “gauge staff reaction”.

Signal Operators Bite Back

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 18/10/2018 - 14:45

When fleas infested Rickmansworth signal cabin, operators refused to work in there.

Suffice to say, faced with this defiance, management soon got the problem cleaned up.

A fine example to us all. We don't have to suffer discomfort and possible ill-health just because management can't manage to keep our workplaces free of creepy crawlies. Remember your right to refuse!

BTP spies on station staff

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 21/09/2018 - 16:40

There’s been outcry across the job since it emerged yesterday that plain-clothes British Transport Police officers had been conducting a covert spying operation on station staff at Piccadilly Circus.

The operation consisted of the officers posing as fare dodgers and committing acts of antisocial behaviour in order, apparently to “gauge staff reaction”.

Although the local Area Manager claims not to have known about the operation in advance, he was briefed by the BTP afterwards. He did not notify staff however, and only admitted his involvement when challenged by union reps.

Aslef drivers vote for strikes on cab security

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 21/09/2018 - 10:38

Aslef drivers have returned a big majority for strikes in their vote for action on cab security. 89% of drivers voted for strikes, on a 56% turnout.

There's clearly a significant strength of feeling around this issue, which has been brewing for some time.

Union safety reps are still in talks with the company about possible solutions to the issue; and nothing focuses the bosses' minds like the prospect of strikes. When strikes are called, Tubeworker is confident RMT drivers will respect Aslef picket lines.

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