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Defend Gary Carney

Gary Carney booked off sick after vomiting at work. For most people, this would be a cause for compassion. For LUL management, it's a reason to sack him.

The company's pretext is that he avoided a Drugs and Alcohol test - but as we all know, when you are summoned to your manager's office for a...

Bring Tube cleaning in house!

RMT and the TUC in London and the South East have teamed up produced an extremely useful briefing, setting out the case for Tube cleaning to be brought in house.

The contract, currently held by ABM, is up for renewal next year. RMT is pressuring Sadiq Khan’s Labour administration to bring the...

District Line drivers to take action from 6 March

District Line drivers in RMT have voted by an overwhelming majority to take action over LU's failure to provide adequate training before its imposition of the SMA3 automatic operation system on a section of the line. They'll take action from 6 March, by refusing to drive in automatic mode on the...

Vote John Leach #1 for RMT General Secretary!

If you are an RMT member, you will soon be receiving a voting paper for the election of a new General Secretary (GS).

You have the choice of four candidates, and Tubeworker recommends that you vote for John Leach, who is currently our Regional Organiser and has been nominated by seven of our...

Vaccine priority and transport workers

With the government announcement that every adult should be vaccinated by July, there is more jockeying for position among different groups of workers over who gets the vaccine first. Tubeworker knows that our readers probably have different views on this. But we think where we can agree, is that...

Don't forget Night Tube staff

Area Managers are finally going round speaking to night tube station staff about what happens while there is no Night Tube service. Tubeworker has had reports that a number of them are a bit frustrated so many staff want to just stick to their Night Tube hours. Our heart bleeds. Where moves to cover...

Station staff fatigue

Staff at Redbridge and other stations on the cover group have been running around on cover weeks to keep stations open. Management are now making desperate calls to cover shifts on overtime in order to keep this up. With so much OT already being exhausted, and more staff due to shield under the...

Fight job cuts at Queen's Park!

RMT's Bakerloo branch is planning a campaign to resist attempts to cut the train driver workforce at Queen's Park depot by 10%. LU wants to reduce the rostered driver establishment from 101 to 90, and the number of pool drivers from six to five.

Although management claim the cuts have nothing to...

No excuses on isolation pay for cleaners

It seems ABM is attempting to weasel out of its commitment to pay all cleaners full pay for periods of sickness and self-isolation.

Managers are instructing workers to apply to their local councils for the £500 self-isolation grant, and saying ABM will top up any remainder, or that they’ll only...

Hands Off Our Pensions!

TfL's "Financial Sustainability Plan", published on 11 January (online here), recognises "that the ongoing funding discussions between TfL and DfT may need to include an assessment of the potential impact of the costs and risks associated with the [TfL Pension] Scheme, and an exploration of how they...

Dispute over TubeLines machinery

RMT has declared as dispute with LU over its plan to unilaterally move some workers out of the TubeLines collective bargaining structures and reallocate them to the "MATS" function of the LU collective bargaining machinery. One of the effects is that these workers are no longer formally represented...

Defend jobs at Hammersmith Control Centre: vote yes for action!

RMT is balloting members in the Hammersmith Control Centre for industrial action to resist job cuts.

Bosses want to impose a new roster, which will cut to SCL2 jobs, affect annual leave, and increase workload.

Despite union objections, management say they will impose the new roster...

Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living!

Latest figures show that 57 transport workers in London have died from Covid-19.

The majority, 42, of these were bus workers, highly exposed by their employers' unforgivable foot-dragging over moving to middle-door boarding and implementing additional distancing measures. Eight of the deaths are...

Get symptoms, get disciplined?

At the first sign of Covid symptoms it is essential to stay at home and self isolate in line with NHS guidelines.

This is to keep ourselves safe, our families safe, our colleagues safe, and even strangers safe. It's even to keep the boss safe, though chances are they will be working from home...

John Leach for RMT General Secretary

Workers' Liberty members active in the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers (RMT) are supporting John Leach in the election for the union's next General Secretary.

John is a former London Underground station worker, and has served on the RMT National Executive Committee, as...

Keep your badges, we want better conditions and in-house employment!

Risk your life carrying out essential, frontline work during a deadly global pandemic... how does your employer reward you? Well, if you're a cleaner on London Underground... it's with a small badge.

There's widespread anger amongst ABM staff at what's seen as a slap in the face. Rather than...

BLM badge banned?

Staff on Victoria Central stations are appalled at a diktat from local management that they are not to wear RMT Black Lives Matter badges at work. But they are not just appalled, they are not giving in.

While senior management blog about the importance of BLM, and staff across all other locations...

Isolation unpaid?

Tubeworker HQ has received reports of some station staff having Company Sick Pay withdrawn for periods of self-isolation, for extremely spurious reasons.

Although there's only a handful of cases of this type at the moment, they set a dangerous precedent. If workers can't be absolutely confident...

Let's make Mitie feel "welcome"...

Outsourcing firm Mitie has absorbed Interserve, which held the contract for office, depot, and sidings security on LU, meaning Interserve workers are now Mitie workers.

This is a common experience for outsourced staff, being transferred from one employer to another like servants. For example, any...

Full Roster? No Thanks!

There is still a pandemic. There are still far fewer passengers. There is still danger in coming to work.

Sorry for stating the obvious, but it appears that some managers have forgotten.

In order to reduce infection risk, early in the first lockdown, stations adopted 'pandemic rosters', in...

Step forward in Sodexo jobs fight

RMT has reported that Sodexo, the outsourcing giant which runs TfL staff canteens, has backed down from its threat to make workers compulsorily redundant.

As we reported previously, Sodexo was planning to slash 30 jobs on the contract as part of a restructure that will also see canteens move away...

New lockdown: reinforce safety measures!

The new lockdown comes into effect from tomorrow. Our unions must fight for reinforced safety measures.

LU has said workers in the "Clinically Extremely Vulnerable" (CEV) category will not be expected to be in the workplace, and those whose jobs mean they can't work from home are likely to be put...

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