Engineering and fleet

Signals Victory

It looks like there has been a win for signal maintenance staff, who are no longer under threat of imposed weekend working.

This has been achieved by one thing: solid industrial action. Rather than roll over and accept the imposition of new rosters that would mess up their lives, signals workers...

Solid Signals Strike

Yesterday's strike of ex-Metronet signals staff was 100% solid, and even spread to fleet staff who refused to cross picket lines. So when the sub-surface lines had signal failures, there was no-one on duty to fix them and the service was well and truly up the wall.

The picket line at Hainault was...

Signalling Our Strength

A stonkingly high Yes vote for industrial action has shown that signal technicians are well up for a fight against management's attempts to impose new, anti-social rosters.

The point about these rosters is not just a few minutes here or there or about some technicalities, but about an issue at...

Earth Calling Metronet

Anyone who knows about the electricity that powers our Tube will tell you that if you have an 'earth', then this is something to worry about.

In 'Triangle sidings' on the District Line, there were positive and negative earths in the same area, where there is also bad water seapage. When this...

Here Come The Cuts

London Underground is to slash its spending on maintaining the ex-Metronet lines.

  • £26+m from track and signals
  • £19m from trains
  • £18.5m from stations
  • Total: £60m

LUL has claimed that it can achieve these cuts without compromising safety. Excuse us while we roll round the floor laughing....

A Bit Dim

Drivers and other staff have long demanded proper lighting in deopts for the avoidance of accidents.

Part of the process for achieving this is for management to conduct lighting surveys. However, it helps if they use the equipment properly. It seems that the lux readers were held at waist height...

One At A Time Please

A cutting to the west of Acton Town needs stabilising. Metronet bosses have come up with a bright idea for how to organise the work - but although they have convinced themselves that their idea is safe, it is far from it.

The plant will be moved onto the site during engineering hours, but the...

Metronet: It's Not Over Yet

We thought it was all over. Metronet workers are to return to the public sector, after defeating the privateers (several times) and helping their headlong rush to bankrupcy.

The transfer of Metronet workers back to LUL is due on the 8th December but suddenly there seem to be several flies in the...

One for the road

Metronet staff were told a few weeks ago that they would be transferred back into LUL by December. Everyone was pleased. This was effectively renationalisation.

Now Metronet have come up with a few more details. The staff will be transferred back into LUL, but the work they do will stay with the...

Metronet Back In LUL

Metronet is to return fully into London Underground, with all Metronet employees becoming LUL employees - read RMT's press release here. This completes the process of reversing the PPP for two-thirds of the Underground, and is a victory for those of us who have spent the last ten years campaigning...

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