Here is the March 2015 edition of Upfront Health & Safety News; a newsletter for train drivers.
In this edition:
- Oblique Images: Platform CCTV Problems Need Fixing
- Policing Night Tube – 100 Cops Recruited
- No Train Radio, No Problem!
Mayor Boris Johnson and tube bosses plan to close the ticket office at Bermondsey station and cut frontline staff. This is a busy station with a vital ticket office which serves both local residents and those coming into the area to work, It also provides vital information and assistance to elderly and disabled passengers helping them to use London Underground.
Planned Ticket Office Closure Date - 29th March
Staff cuts planned locally including Bermondsey - 30%
We are protesting and taking action to stop the cuts from happening.
The London Transport Regional Council meeting will take place this Thursday at Unity House,39 Chalton St London NW1 6JD
The meeting will be in the board room on the 3rd floor
Please arrive early as the meeting will start on time.
Tube Ticket Offices - TfL Closure Plan Protests
REMINDER Day of Action: Friday 27th March
Transport for London is pressing ahead with closing all London Underground ticket offices and is doing so without consulting passengers or adequately trialling the impact first. This is in order that closed ticket offices can be leased out to retail businesses, a short-sighted step that will exacerbate already dangerously high and rising peak passenger through-flow.
Referring to my previous Circular (IR/061/15, 2nd March 2015), Branches will recall that a resolution was received from our LU Engineering Branch advising that Tube Lines were imposing changes to our members’ terms and conditions. The General Grades Committee has considered this resolution and instructed me to write to Tube Lines to demand that these arrangements are not imposed and to conduct a referendum of the affected members with a recommendation to reject the proposals. The changes referred to are as follows:-
EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND (LUL/14/5)
Further to my previous Circular (IR/70/15, 12th March 2015), the meeting of Reps and Activists to discuss the possibility of further industrial action on London Underground in relations to defending jobs, services and conditions took place on Monday 16th March.
Reasons to vote 'YES' in the forthcoming ballot:
NO COMPULSORY REDUNDANCIES: There are vacancies and positions available, so let's fill them with people that are at risk. We believe that there is no need for these people to be worried about losing their jobs and Thales should end their at risk status NOW.
If it can happen to them, it can happen to YOU.
This week, after months of talks, your TFC reps, along with their Aslef colleagues, were finally in a position to put a joint proposal on rostering Night Tube to LUL trains management. This followed a decision at Company Council to review the impact of Night Tube on all members of staff.
Transport union RMT said today that it is step up the independent monitoring of crowding and safety on both rail and tube after a child fell between a train and the platform at Baker Street yesterday afternoon in the latest shocking incident that raises serious questions about the safety of passengers while top transport bosses repeatedly ignore union warnings.
Yesterday's incident at Baker Street follows the horrific events at Clapham South last week when a woman was dragged under a train, the continuing chaos at London Bridge and major incidents at Oxford CIrcus and Brixton.
RMT campaigning has forced cleaning company Interserve to commit to hiring 50 AGS agency cleaners on permanent contracts across London Underground by the end of April 2015.
This shows that union campaigning gets results. Our exposure of AGS’s exploitative practises, such as forcing workers to register as “self-employed”, is putting pressure on Interserve. Let’s keep up the fight and win more permanent contracts for cleaners.