Tubeworker's blog

TfL funding: prepare for action

Talks between TfL and the government about a further funding bailout are ongoing, although the 17 October deadline for the expiry of the previous package has now passed.

It seems Mayor Khan resisted some of the measures the government wanted to impose as a condition of any further funding...

Vulnerable? Come to work!

Senior LU boss Nick Dent wasn't mincing his words in an Employee Bulletin sent out to all staff on 15 October: "All colleagues in our operational teams should continue to come to work as normal, including colleagues who are vulnerable."

Let's remind ourselves of the facts: between 15 and 20,000...

Win on cleaners' sickness and isolation pay

On 30 September, we reported that cleaning contractor ABM had withdrawn an agreement to pay cleaners at their full shift rate for periods of Covid-related sickness and self-isolation. With the agreement withdrawn, cleaners would revert to their normal contractual arrangements, which only entitled...

Protect work/life balance on the SRT

The usual work of the Special Requirements Team (SRT) on stations, covering projects and events, has largely been halted due to the pandemic. To better utilise the SRT, management now want to invoke a clause in their Framework which allows them to be deployed to cover long-term absences, such as...

Resist Sodexo job cuts

Sodexo, the multibillion pound, multinational outsourcing giant, plans to cut 30 jobs on its TfL catering contract.

It has been cooking up the cuts (pun intended) since late last year, when it won an extension to its contract. Sodexo bosses say TfL re-tendered the contract on the explicit basis...

Green Park Jobs to Go?

You would think that staffing levels on stations are as low as they can possibly go, but there are always some managers who seem to think that they can pick one or two more bones off the skeleton.

The local Area Manager wants to replace a full-time CSM post and a part-time CSS post with a single...

Covid Congestion

While Covid cases rise again, the Tube is getting more congested, not less, with many of us faced with overcrowded trains on our journeys to and from work.

The days at the start of lockdown when stations looked like ghost towns are well behind us now.

The 10pm pub and restaurant curfew has...

Training: cutting corners?

Management seem to determine to cut corners with training on stations. Having already chipped away at it over the years, so that it's crammed into two days per year, they've now attacked it further - insisting that CSMs, rather than accredited trainers, deliver it, and they summon people from...

Tube contractor cancels cleaner sick pay

At the beginning of the pandemic, RMT won an agreement from TfL and cleaning contractor ABM that any cleaner who needed to self-isolate, or take time off sick due to Covid, would be paid in full. Normally cleaners only receive Statutory Sick Pay of £95.85 per week, well below their usual weekly rate...

Transport for London audit: Open the books!

The audit and review of TfL's governance and finance, ordered by the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of the funding bailout provided in June, and led by accountancy firm KPMG, was due to make its initial report at the end of August.

As Tubeworker reported, language in the audit's terms of...

Aslef members vote yes for action

Aslef members on LU have voted by a 95% majority in favour of industrial action, on a 70% turnout. It's a thumping result on a high turnout, that easily smashes the arbitrary thresholds of the Tories' anti-union laws.

Aslef balloted over the demand that LU abide by all existing agreements - in...

Defend Sherelle Cadogan!

Sherelle Cadogan, an I/O and Aslef member, has been given a 12 month suspended dismissal for challenging racism!

A manager posted racist comments on social media, including disparaging Black Lives Matter. Sherelle and others quite rightly, challenged the comments. While the Manager was reported...

Kept Out for their Colour

At last week's online Tubeworker meeting (held jointly with Off The Rails), we learned about the history of 'colour bars' on the railways.

After the Second World War, there was a labour shortage in Britain, and thousands of black workers from Britain's former colonies came here to fill the jobs...

Inspection Deflection

It might be a good idea to offer someone an opportunity to develop their skills - but that's not the same thing as getting them to do your job for you!

In particular, do remember that Planned General inspections (PGIs) are a management responsibility. A CSS might accompany a CSM - if they want to...

Hands Off Our Newsletters!

A trains manager took it upon themselves to unilaterally remove a union newsletter from the depot booking-on point, apparently because they took exception to some of its contents - an article about the concept of gaslighting, especially in the context of racist discrimination.

A grievance has...

Thoughts on RMT's Current Difficulties

It is no secret that conflict between RMT's National Executive and some of its officers has exploded dramatically over recent weeks.

Tubeworker's sister blog, Off The Rails, looks at the issues here.

Taxi for Gett!

Staff were left stranded on Monday night when taxi provider Gett's systems went down and so drivers did not know where they needed to go.

After a dead late, craving your bed, the last thing you need is to be standing in the street in the small hours not knowing when - or even whether - your ride...

Thanks!

The company wants to show us its appreciation for how we have kept London moving during the pandemic. Bless.

Of course, it would be inappropriate for this reward to be financial, what with the current cash crisis. So management are running a survey asking us whether we would prefer a personal...

Ballots in Service Control

Service Control workers are gearing up to ballot for action in two separate disputes.

RMT will ballot its SC members in the long-running fight to win decent conditions at the Hammersmith Service Control Centre (aka "HMP Hammersmith"), where workers are demanding conditions are brought up to...

Khan "considering" in-housing cleaning?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was questioned on LBC radio today (13 August) about conditions for Tube cleaners, particularly their lack of staff travel benefits. His non-committal remarks, which talked up an existing scheme whereby cleaners working across multiple sites don't have to pay to travel between...

Upgrade update: fighting displacements

With thanks to the RMT Service Control website

The first locations to feel the impact of the 4LM upgrade will be Baker Street SCC, with staff from there to be moved to HSCC. The company are proposing to move six people, which exceeds what previous management had agreed to. At the same time staff...

"HMP Hammersmith"

Reposted from the RMT Service Control website.

Prior to opening Hammersmith Service Control Centre was promised to be a breath of fresh air for Service Control and Technical staff with a state of the art control centre and facility for all. What came to light was a poorly designed concrete block...

A message of solidarity

On 5 August, ABM cleaner and chair of the RMT London Transport Region Cleaning Grades Committee Mohamed Said addressed a virtual strike rally for outsourced cleaners in HMRC offices in Merseyside, striking from 3-28 August to demand living wages and full sick pay. The cleaners are employed by ISS...

Get your own back?

A recent email from an Area Manager calls for volunteers for a made-up local scheme based on LU stuff colluding with the cops to criminalise passengers and some of the vulnerable people we find in our stations. Apparently workers can build a good relationship with the local cops. You don't have to...

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