Tubeworker's blog

Next steps after RMT's ballot

Since RMT's industrial action ballot returned a 95% majority in favour of taking action, discussion has been ongoing amongst workers about the next steps. This has taken place formally, in union branch meetings and region-wide reps' meeting, but also informally, in workplaces across London...

Neasden drivers vote for strikes

RMT drivers at Neasden depot have voted overwhelmingly for strikes following the imposition of a new timetable in September 2021.

With a lack of consultation on changes to walking time, an imbalance of turns and an increase in poor work/life balance drivers have voted to strike from 11:30 hours...

Threshold cleared, now call action

RMT members on London Underground have voted to take industrial action to defend staffing levels and terms and conditions, including pension arrangements.

The ballot returned a 94% majority for strikes, and 95% majority for action-short-of-strikes, on a 52% turnout. Clearing the arbitrary...

There is an alternative to grade consolidation: our response to Nick Dent

Another day, another direct communication to LU workers from a senior manager pleading with us not to strike. This time it's from LU director Nick Dent, who has posted on Yammer attacking RMT's strikes against Night Tube grade consolidation. He says strikes are holding London "to ransom", and...

Further Night Tube strikes called: now let's escalate!

RMT has named strikes on the Central and Victoria lines over Night Tube hours for the next six months, the life of the ballot mandate, after its re-ballot of its driver members on five lines over Night Tube grade consolidation returned a 92% majority for further strikes.

Continuing to strike over...

Wood Lane signal engineers vote 100% for action

Field Service Engineers at Wood Lane Signals Depot have voted 100% for industrial action short of strikes.

Although there are only seven of them, solid action will force the company to address the reasons that they are justifiably angry - in the first place, by telling their management to pull...

A load of bollards

In the latest update for TfL workers, the commissioner has revealed the installation of 350 new bollards on Westminster Bridge at a cost of £8m, or in tabloid speak, almost £23k each.

It beggars belief TfL would spend this much right now to replace safety barriers apparently already doing the job...

A Christmas letter from the boss...

London Underground Managing Director Andy Lord has written to every member of LU staff to urge us not to participate in RMT's industrial action ballot, which began yesterday (13 December). As news of this unprecedented communication spread amongst colleagues and through staff WhatsApp groups, those...

What Happened at TCR?

At 00:45 on Saturday 4 December, a customer ended up on the track at Tottenham Court Station, on the eastbound Central line.

Later that day, both the Daily Mail and the Guardian ran articles effectively blaming RMT Night Tube strikes for the crowding on the platform, that they linked to the...

Stations Job Cull Revealed - Vote YES to strike against cuts!

So, management have finally shown their hand – or, more accurately, the first of many hands they intend to deal at us. Don't think that the other grades have escaped a bullet - they are most definitely next in line if we don't all unite to defeat this.

In a weak concoction of disingenuous points...

Aslef get guarantee on AAW and pull threatened strike.

A threatened strike by Aslef was pulled after bosses confirmed that as yet “no proposal has been put forward” regarding changes to the Attendance at Work Policy. The threat of strike action has given this small guarantee but had Aslef gone ahead and called it on 18 December alongside the existing...

Solid action takes grade consolidation fight forward

The strike action on 26 and 27 November caused widespread disruption across the network. Solid pickets across the affected lines meant bosses were often unable to run even token services. Attempts to run a shuttle service between Cockfosters and Arnos Grove on the Picc soon came to nothing....

Farringdon station staff vote for strikes

Station staff at Farringdon have voted for industrial action over the imposition of a new CSA roster that will increase extreme shifts and weekend working.

The ballot returned a 95% majority for action on a 62% turnout, a clear indication that workers won’t accept their conditions being driven...

Revenue in the firing line

Along with attacks on the SRT, LU has also announced a series of proposed changes to the revenue department.

They want to align Revenue Control Inspector (RCI) rosters with general station staff rosters, meaning they would work extreme shifts and potentially cover duties on stations. LU also...

Resist attacks on the SRT

LU has announced its plans for reforming the Special Requirements Team (SRT), which currently covers projects and events. They want to turn the SRT into an "anytime, anywhere" workforce, providing permanent mobile cover to plug staffing gaps on stations. The SRT framework will be "aligned" with the...

RMT calls strikes of drivers on Night Tube lines

RMT has called strikes in its dispute to stop the consolidation of train operator grades. LU wants to merge the Night Tube duties, currently worked by a dedicated grade of driver, into the full-time rosters, offering full-time drivers a shift supplement to work them.

Although part-time drivers...

Aslef members vote 98.8% for action

STOP PRESS, 8 NOVEMBER:

Aslef's ballot has returned a thumping 98.8% majority, on a 67% turnout. That's a massive mandate, and a clear indication that Aslef members are prepared to take action.

As we argue below, Aslef now needs to use the mandate. If we wait for LU to impose detrimental...

CSA2s: 'No extreme turns'?

Remember the company's justification for paying CSA2s significantly less than CSA1s (the grade formerly known as simply CSA)? They don't carry out as many tasks and they don't work extreme turns.

The boundaries of the former have been getting murky right from the outset, and now it seems that the...

Tottenham Hale: Two Become One

Spare a thought for staff at Tottenham Hale, which is nearing the end of a long and extensive refurb.

The upshot of said refurb is that the Greater Anglia and LUL stations will become much more closely intertwined - to the extent that reps have serious concerns that it could all go pear-shaped...

Cuts are not inevitable: we can defend our conditions

Compared to many other workers, directly-employed LU staff have good pay, pension arrangements, and working conditions. This is because we have fought to win these things and, over decades, resisted attempts to erode them.

That could all change. The Tory government systematically underfunded TfL...

Tensas are Turtley Inadequate

As the reopening of Night Tube approaches, spare a thought for those stations where one of their Night Tube lines is reopening, but the other one is not.

Night Tube's late-night-party clientele will undoubtedly include people who have not twigged that only two lines are reopening, or did know but...

"Improve" the AAW?

An Employee Bulletin circulated to all LU staff today announces that the company intends to redraft the Attendance At Work (AAW) policy. It says the policy needs a "refresh" in order to "fully support our people and ensure we can offer the best service to London."

There's plenty about the AAW we...

No more cleaning cuts!

Word reaches Tubeworker HQ that ABM has been salami-slicing its staffing levels at a number of stations... again.

At Oxford Circus, for example, the contractor wants to have just two cleaners on the 07:00-15:00 shift, a ludicrous proposition given the size of the station and the workload involved...

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