RMT has declared an official dispute with the company as LU presses ahead with its plans to extend train prep.
Trains currently have basic safety checks performer on a 24-hourly basis by trained fleet workers, ensuring they’re safe to run. LU is now proposing to extend that massively, up to 96 hours on some lines and on others, essentially doing away with many regular checks entirely and introducing a system where trains are only checked every few months.
This is not only a clear attack on fleet workers’ jobs, it’s a glaring attack on safety that will affect drivers, station staff, and of course the travelling public.
Given the severity of this attack, we need to consider an industrial response that builds for action not only amongst fleet workers, but across the job.