Thursday 12 December 2013 will mark 25 years since the Clapham Junction Rail Crash that left 35 people dead and hundreds injured.
The accident happened when the crowded 06:14 train from Poole to London Waterloo crashed into the back of the stationary 07:18 Basingstoke service, which had stopped at a red signal. A third train, travelling empty in the opposite direction, hit the wreckage only minutes later.
RMT Regional Organiser John Leach has written to London Underground Human Resources Boss Gerry Duffy in response to a trains operations staff manager asking subordinate managers whether they would be willing to work as 'Incident Station Supervisors' with just a 4 day training course. In Leach's letter to Duffy he explains that he is "extremely concerned with the Health & Safety implications" of this proposal as there is a "rigorous training programme for Station Supervisors."
The request for volunteers asked:
If anyone is in any doubt how the proposed changes will be bad for all station staff should look at the attached pdf
It clearly demonstrates how exactly different grades will be affected. No one escapes
Check out the attached file and see for yourself
Please print and display at your workplace
The RMT have received a document which shows that London Underground bosses plan for all station staff to work across all stations in their area while for 1/3 or 1/4 weeks we will all work as “cover”. Cover will be arranged over several groups meaning some staff could work in a number of stations with longer travelling time to and from work.
The briefing also gives some details about assessments for CSM and CSS roles. It looks as though the assessments will rely on subjective assessments of the suitability of each member.
National Black and Ethnic Minority Members’ Conference
Date – 1 & 2 March 2014 (commencing 14.00 on 1st)
Venue – Britannia Hotel, Birmingham
More details as we get them
RMT National Women’s Conference
Date – 7 & 8 March 2014 (commencing 14.00 on 7th)
Venue – Jurys Inn, Glasgow
More details as we get them
Transport for London (TfL) says that one reason that it needs to remove nearly 1,000 London Underground station staff is that it has to save money. Perhaps there are other sources of savings ...
TfL pays 328 people more than £100,000 in 2012/13, 33 of them more than £200,000.
High earners include:
Peter Hendy, Commissioner, £652,452
Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, Crossrail, £567,828
Andy Mitchell, Programme Director, Crossrail, £552,405
Mike Brown, Managing Director, Rail and Underground, £475,651
EVERY JOB MATTERS
The Jubilee South branch is holding a special meeting on Thursday 12 December at 1600 in the Blue Eyed Maid. Before, we are meeting at Westminster Stn to go around the group to discuss the issues. This meeting is specifically to discuss the devastating cuts planned by our bosses. Come along and have your say. This is your opportunity to find out the facts and discuss tactics on how to fight back.
Come and join us to help deliver a huge return on our ballot.
• Jubilee Branch Walkabout- Thursday12th December meet Westminster Stn @ 1300
Alongside every grade on the tube LU train drivers will shortly be receiving ballot papers for strike action and action short in defence of our jobs on the tube.
LU’s plans to slash staffing on stations will effect every grade in every function and will impact directly on drivers ability to do our job safely and professionally.
KEEP PEOPLE INFORMED
We will be better prepared for any dispute if the workforce is already well-informed about the issue(s).
- Keep noticecases up-to-date.
- Give leaflets and newsletters to your workmates. Download material from www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/downloads
- Speak to people at work.
- Make sure that they feel comfortable to ask questions and give their views.
- Take concerns seriously; provide answers, even if means going away and finding out.
- If you can, produce a leaflet or newsletter for staff in your workplace.