Tube Bosses Claim There Will Be No Driverless Trains In 'Near Future' And State Changes Are Anticipated For Station Staff

We note the report of a meeting that took place yesterday with two Directors of London Underground Ltd. It appears that this meeting did not take place in line with our previous decision of 25 October 2012, and instruct the General Secretary to obtain an explanation of this and to place it in front of us.

We note that in the meeting, LUL stated that:

  • there will be no driverless trains in the near future
  • the Bakerloo line upgrade due in 2020 as yet has no agreed funding
  • it anticipates employing more station staff as the service frequency increases
  • it also anticipates changing the roles of station staff

This reaffirms both the folly of LUL’s cuts to station staffing in 2011, and the need for this union to fight vigorously to defend and improve London Underground jobs and conditions. It also leaves many concerns outstanding, including in the areas of service control, revenue control and ticket-selling, MATS, engineering and fleet. It leaves open the possibility of the introduction of driverless trains beyond the ‘near future’, and of serious attacks on station staff’s working conditions.

We instruct the General Secretary to ensure that our previous decisions on this issue are carried out.

London Transport Regional Council, branches and representatives to be advised.

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