Engineering and fleet

Protest to Scrap PPP

Scrap the PPP, bring maintenance in-house

Lobby the Department for Transport

Tuesday 4th September 11.30 – 13.00

Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR (nearest Tube: Westminster or St James Park)

Bring banners & flags

Called by RMT

Mealy-Mouthed Mayor

Ken Livingstone's latest newspaper for Londoners carries an article about the Metronet collapse. On first reading, it is a welcome condemnation of PPP and Metronet's management, but a closer read reveals why we can not trust our fat-cat Mayor.

  • The article tells us that the PPP was opposed by Ken...

In the Money

In case you were wondering how much administrators cost, it is apparently around 750 quid per person per hour (that's their fee, rather than the amount the individuals are actually paid). And there are 45 of them administering Metronet. So, assuming they are on, say, a 35-hour week, that's over a...

Protest: Metronet Crisis --> Scrap PPP

As Metronet goes into administration, the abject failure of PPP is laid bare. There's only one solution - re-integrate the Tube under public ownership! Don't let Gordon Brown and Ken Livingstone cook up a deal to re-privatise the infrastructure.

RMT has called a protest at Downing Street on...

Metronet Update

Metronet has now gone into administration. Ernst & Young have taken over on behalf of Transport for London. Metronet's workers were paid on time, so did not have to carry out their plan to occupy their depots if their wages had not materialised.

While TfL is now back in charge, it is likely to be...

Metronet Crisis

Metronet is all over the news today. The PPP Arbiter has indicated that he will not agree to the Infraco's demand that London Underground pay for its incompetence, and LUL will 'only' have to pay Metronet an additional £121m rather than the £551m it had asked for. That's not a one-off, that's the...

Sticky Situation

Refurb work at Loughton station involves resurfacing the platforms. A tip to Metronet: make sure the new surface has actually set before you let passengers stand on it. One particular passenger was aggrieved to find her bag covered in black sticky stuff ...

This follows an incident during the hot...

Central Line derailment: Management cut corners on safety

Yesterday's derailment on the Central line was in the same place as another incident just six weeks ago. On May 21, a train struck a P-way storage bin left by the track, and was lucky not to derail. Union health & safety reps complained to management and demanded an investigation. This was not the...

Metronet re-organisation

Metronet plans a "re-organisation" to get itself out its financial crisis. Although the crisis was caused by management, it is workers who will be made to pay the price. Here's how:

  • massive job losses
  • freezing vacancies
  • higher workload
  • dramatic shift changes
  • new work locations
  • depot closures

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What Are They Up To?

Following the recent successful RMT dispute with Metronet, workers who were going to be transferred to Bombardier are not going to be any more.

So why is Metronet asking them to sign an agreement opting out of their TUPE rights? There should be no need for any workers to sign away rights...

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