Engineering and fleet

If You Can't Stand the Heat ...

The sun comes out, the rails buckle, and speed restrictions are imposed on four lines.


Why? Because Metronet management are an incompetent bunch of cowboys. That's "incompetent" at maintaining the infrastructure, rather than incompetent at making profits, which they are remarkably good at.


In...

Pull the pay fights together

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...

Fingerprints please

Believe it or not, Metronet and TubeLines are proposing to make workers sign in and out using their fingerprints. We can not confirm rumours that we will also have our rights read to us, hold up a card with our staff number on it, wear a suit with arrows on, eat porridge and be allowed only one...

Bad guesswork

We need tripcock testers on the Chesham - Ricky branch of the Met. Recent events on the Northern line should remind us how important it is to check that the emergency braking system is tested frequently.


So, what's the problem? Well, Metronet supplied an initial estimate and LUL got the funding...

Updates

Ruislip depot ballot result - Service Control grades committee - SPAD wristbands

  • Ruislip depot Balfour Beatty. The result of the ballot for industrial action short of strike was 100%. This will enable the Tube Recon Gangs to refuse to comply with management's new rules for Friday working....

Rebranding

New Labour, New Britain ... New Metronet.


Yes really. Only two years old, and it is rebranding itself. Maybe it's trying to throw off the image of a profit-grabbing consortium that can't maintain the railway properly.


A tip: no matter how hard you try to rebrand yourself, it is hard to throw...

Shedding Light

Isn’t it funny how when there is a disaster, management agree to safety improvements, then, when they think that everyone has forgotten about it, they try to reverse the improvements on the sly?

After the Camden and Hammersmith derailments two years go, the Infracos agreed to introduce ‘Lampmen’ (...

It's official: the Infracos are rubbish

Well, you could knock us down with a feather. TfL's second annual report on the PPP has stated that the Infracos' performance is "not good enough".

Now, why could they possibly think that? Perhaps because:

  • the track renewals programme is 31% lower than the Infracos promised in their PPP bids...

Friday Night's Not Alright

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...

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