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Article against Job Cuts

I have written this article for my local anti-cuts campaign newsletter in Hackney ...

We may not have London Underground here in Hackney (except at our very edges!), but the loss of 800 Tube staff posts would still affect us - in a very bad way. So, many Hackney residents and workers fully support Tube unions RMT and TSSA in their campaigning and industrial action against these cuts.

Collective Grievance for Liverpool Street Group

Our fundamental objections are to:

ALDGATE
1 full time SAMF to go!
SAMFs no longer a 0700-1100 duty, it is no 0615-1400 with a 0515 start on some Thursdays.

BARBICAN
1 full time CSA to go!
reduction in weekends for CSAs
2 duties to cover at Liverpool Street station – which may be seen as a further dilution of rostered status.
FARRINGDON
1 full time CSA job to go
Fewer weekends off

Could LU become a "Mugger's Paradise"? Mugging is just for starters.

We who work on London Underground know just how finely a line is daily trod between organised chaos and unbridled chaos in the functioning of the transport system.

We know of the potential dangers to which passengers are exposed daily in their use of the escalators and lifts, the platforms and stairwells.

We know also of the dangers that go unseen but which are still very real such as fires, the dangers which but for us and our vigilance might go unnoticed - I'm thinking here of the fraudsters who clone credit cards at POMs, and terrorism.

Updated Contact List for Stations and Revenue Control Safety Council

STATIONS AND REVENUE CONTROL SAFETY COUNCIL 2010
2ND FLOOR 15-17 OLD BROAD STREET. ABOVE LIVERPOOL ST STATION

ROSS MARSHALL (RMT)
(STAFF SIDE SECRETARY)
07872 465 690

BERNARD GENTRY (TSSA)
(STAFF SIDE CHAIR)
07753 878 942

DAVE PHILLIPS (RMT)
07753 979 637

PAT O’BRIEN (RMT)
07715 324 107

TONY GANDOLFI (RMT)
07528 526 378

YOGESH PANKHANIA (TSSA)
07733 344 491

CLIVE STEADMAN (TSSA)
07764 390 792

DAVID MORGAN (TSSA)
07753 898 077

Ticketing and Technology

I have written the following article for 'Solidarity' newspaper ...

One of London Underground's pretexts for cutting jobs and slashing ticket office opening times is that new technology, in the form of the 'Oyster' smartcard ticketing system, has significantly reduced purchases at ticket office windows. There are several reasons why this 'reason' is disingenuous:

Easthammer 6

Easthammer 6 is now out a totally different format because I was bored and decided to make it into a 4 page booklet when printed. I would still like input from other Reps in the Branch as I only know whats going on at my group. This is now an 8 page version although it may go back to four for other editions but I thought I would include a Centre fold poster (No not that kind)

For the Record April 2010 the newsletter for the Liverpool Street group.

The attached is the April edition of For the Record which this month contains:

• News about the job cuts
• Information on activities by the union to prevent the job cuts
• Roster issues for Farringdon, Liverpool Street and SCRA’s
• Long-weekend for reserves under-threat.
• Mystery shoppers and other news & information.