LUL Stations, Health & safety
Last month RMT Health & Safety representative Julie Miller surveyed station staff, asking about the effects of working in cold weather and the mitigation offered.
Nearly 700 people responded - around half station assistants (CSA's), a third station supervisor's and the remainder Revenue Control Inspectors and ticket office workers (SAMFs).
London Underground wants Bakerloo line drivers to drive out-of-service trains into depots and sidings without checking first that all passengers have got off the train.
This has resulted in over 3,000 passengers being carried into depots and sidings, many times more than on all other London Underground lines put together. On other lines, staff physically check the train is empty first.
Further to our decision Gww 8/1/13, we note the report from our representatives' meeting held on 25 January.
We note that London Underground's Upgrades programme has a significant impact on many of our members, including providing a pretext for LUL management to attack jobs and conditions. It is therefore essential that we mobilise all our relevant representatives to work together in unity to secure the best possible outcome for our members and for the future of London Underground.
The stations safety council have issued this guidance for members working in snow conditions following their December meeting. Any member reading this who wants further advice, please speak with a local rep or contact the trains safety council.
The original bulletin and a pro forma is attached below.
Winter weather/snow clearance
Central Lines trains were non stopping at Oxford Circus Station this Monday as plaster fell from the ceiling. Fortunately nobody was hurt but disruption lasted over an hour during the morning peak.
RMT's general Secretary Bob Crow said "RMT has warned repeatedly about the impact of maintenance cuts and specifically the widening of schedules from a 14-day to a 28-day cycle."
This comes on the same day as a Central Line train was taken out of service having over run a platform due to a suspected brake fault.
The RMT industrial position is that as a working practise, staff clearing snow is something we do. However, the TSSA have a different view that they do not believe it is a job that staff should carry out
However, the safety issues including work place risk assessments, protection and equipment still remain. We continue to raise these with LUL both locally and at council level, and have also issued a special bulletin and pro-forma that is separate from this update giving advice on protection
ELCPS (EMERGENCY LOCAL CONTROL PANELS)
We note that London Underground Ltd continues to breach the settlement of our 2008 Casualisation dispute, in particular in its deployment of ICSAs, continuing use of agency staff, and plans to introduce mobile station supervision.
Noting the correspondence with our legal advisers, we instruct the General Secretary to send a letter to all LUL members reminding them of our ongoing industrial action in this dispute.
From General Secretary Bob Crow
I write to advise branches that a formal complaint has been made to LUL on the subject of snow clearing and winter weather. The RMT Stations Safety Council has raised this as an issue with the company without resolution and has now exhausted the machinery. The Stations Safety Council has raised the following items with the ORR and the company:
- Insufficient local, practical training packages are available and have not been delivered to staff.
RMT Evidence To The Greater London Assembly Follow-up To Its Investigation Into The State Of The TubeSubmitted by admin on 12 October, 2012 - 20:30
As the largest trade union on London Underground, and the only union representing all grades on London Underground, RMT deeply regrets that no action has been taken following the GLA investigation into the state of the Tube.
In particular, RMT is deeply concerned that following the Union’s active engagement in the investigation, and the subsequent good faith with which we engaged the Olympics, that it now appears that our members are faced with an unprecedented assault.
Continue reading or download the original document attached below
We note the views expressed by our representatives held on Monday 8 October.
We therefore reaffirm our industrial action, and instruct the General Secretary to ensure:
- a renewed effort to promote and explain the action to drivers.
- regular updates from reps on developments.
- an up-to-date list of platforms with disputed categorisation is produced.
- our stations representatives produce publicity material for station staff, especially supervisors, on this issue and the union’s stance on it.
Any developments to be placed in front of us.