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Wood Lane Rosters - Brand new station, same old problem!

Apologies for using managements latest catchphrases for Corporate brainwashing in the title.

Station staff on the Paddington group are up in arms over managements attempt to impose a roster for the new station on the H&C, Wood Lane. The roster does not provide adequate staff and will also mean station staff rostered at Edgware road will now have to work at 2 stations as part of their rostered duties.

Overtime Ban East Ham Group

The pay has been reinstated to 4 members of staff after our day of action. In a letter from the management they conceded that these cases could have been handled differently. Sarah Hutchins is still sacked and we need to address this and the issue of representation of staff when off sick. The letter went on to praise the East Ham Group management team and to state that staff have to be off work for 28 days before they are entitled to a union rep at a meeting. This flies in the face of previous agreements and sets a company standard that could see our entire membership balloted.

Resolution to EC

East Ham Branch is disgusted with the managements response to the East Ham Group reps meeting on the 21st of August.

Though they have reinstated the pay of 4 staff, no mention has been made of reinstating Sarah Hutchins.

The bullying of our staff has been condoned with management being told that they can interview staff when off sick without Union reps present. This is in clear contavention of our agreements and sets a new company standard. This is now being rolled out all over the underground.

To All Ticket Office Staff

For your own job safety, please be aware

If a customer hands his personal wallet with Oyster card for prepay, Refund or season card - Try to insist that I need only the Oyster card to update and not the wallet.

If by chance the customer can later accuse that there was a loss of cash or credit cards and then it can be a serious issue.

When Managers Are Left In Charge

We have to put up with the constant nit picking of our management every day. How often have you heard,
"You have not signed this , you have not done that, are you aware of this or that procedure as we are being audited and it is safety critical , we must reach our targets."
With managers running the East Ham group on the 22nd of August Strike we saw from the managers how it should be done.

First Aid

With the current pay deal to be negotiated soon, it would seem practical to put First Aid payments on the agenda. Currently a qualified first aider is paid £200 per year for dealing with casualties on the underground, be it none, 1 or a hundred.

East ham group Solid

The 22nd of August will be a day of celebration for East Ham Branch for many years to come. Our day of action saw the group being staffed by managers on overtime costing the company a fortune. These are the lengths that management will go to try to convince you that they can win against a united workforce. When you need overtime they tell you they can’t afford it. We should show them that we can not be bought so easily and go into an overtime ban next. Write in and let me know what you think

East Ham Group Strike Solid

The East Ham Group sent a clear message to management today. Our strike action against the sacking of Sarah Huchins and the intimidation of our staff was a total success. Managers on overtime staffed every station costing the company a fortune. To think the GSM was concerned about his overtime bill. Only a handful of staff turned up for work at Upton Park, East Ham & Plaistow. We will remember them.

Train staff support station staff

Why Train Operators should support striking station staff!
Station staff on East Ham Group will be taking strike action on the 22nd of August for 24 hours. Staff have been advised not to book on for any duty that starts between 04:30 on the 22nd of August and 04:29 on the 23rd of August in a dispute against the unfair sacking of Sarah Huchins, the stopping of pay, intimidation of staff when off sick and the bullying tactics of the local manager.

East Ham Group Vote Yes

The votes have been counted on the East Ham Group. The staff have voted yes with only votes 2 against
action. The result is an indication of the feeling on the group and will be followed by decisive action by the staff. The sacking of Sarah Hutchins and the bullying by management have forced us into a situation where we have no choice but take action to put a stop to this continual torment.

National Station and Associated Grades Liason Commitee-meeting.

On September 16th 2008, 1400, RMT head office, the Liason Commitee meeting of the National Station and Associated Grades Conference will take place. This meeting is to discuss progress of motions and conference. Whilest any voting can only take place by the elected commitee, visitors are most welcome to come and take part in the debate and share ideas.

What Next For Revenue Control?

After senior managers' cull of Duty Revenue Control Managers and Admin, what next for Revenue Control Inspectors - a special meeting has been called by Ross Marshall, Health and Safety rep for BCV. All members invited to discuss the new set up, tactics, future plans and internal RMT plans for RCIs. Meeting will take place at 1400hrs at Unity House (RMT Head Office) on Friday 22 August. Special Guest Speaker is Steve Hedley, London Transport Regional Secretary.

Level One minutes June 2008 - East Ham group

LONDON UNDERGROUND LIMITED
STATIONS

LEVEL 1 MINUTES – 02/2008
EAST HAM GROUP – DISTRICT LINE
HELD IN GROUP STATION MANAGERS OFFICE
ON 25TH June 2008 at 10:00 hours

Attendees: Mr Vince Dardis (VJD) - Group Station Manager
Mr Tony Smith (TS) - Group Station Manager
Mr Rick Grogan (RG) - Staff Side (RMT)
Mr Steve Philbrick (SP) - Staff Side (RMT)
Mr Andy Norton (AN) - Staff Side (TSSA)
Miss Eve Januszewski (EJ) - Duty Station Manager (Safety Portfolio)
Miss Jacqui Francis (JMF) - Minute Taker

Level One minutes, March 2008 - East Ham group

Level one Union Meeting. East Ham Group 20th March 2008.

Persons in Attendance: Gsm: Vince Dardis. & Abbey Alero.

Andy Norton (TSSA IR) Rick Grogan (RMT IR). Steve Philbrick (RMT IR)

John Knowles (TSSA Functional committee By Invitation).

Minutes Taken By DSM Simon Jones.

Meeting Starts 10:00 AM

Agenda:

1. Minutes of last meeting

Minutes of Last meeting Read, Agreed and signed.

2. Matters Arising.

Member of staff: Pay stopped.
This was classed as domestic unpaid leave:

Outcome: GSM said “All cases need to be looked at on an individual Basis”

East Ham group ballot

The East Ham Group are to ballot around 100 members for strike action to secure the re-instatement of their sacked colleague Sarah Huchins and to stop the breaches of agreements local management are becoming famed for.
We want to see Sarah back at work asap and the pay re-instated to several members of staff that have been stopped pay in grossly unfair ways. Ballot papers go out on the 4th of August and must be returned by 13th of August. We urge you all to return a massive yes vote!

Changing The Workers, Not The Work

Last week, I went to one of LUL's 'Time for Action' workshops for Station Supervisors. Every Supervisor on the Underground will be going to one of these events.

So what is it all about? It's all part of management's plan to stop us being 'dinosaurs', make us 'unafraid of change', and get us to supervise station staff more effectively ie. get them to work harder. I came away feeling strongly that the key theme was to change the workers rather than to change the way that work is organised. LUL does not intend to change itself; it intends to change us.

East Ham Branch Emergency Meeting

East Ham has called an emergency branch meeting to be held at Barking on Friday 26th July at 15:00hrs. Meeting point is 'The Barking Dog', which is the pub next to the station.

Management have now cancelled the 2nd meeting with functional and local reps to discuss the appalling treatment of members and harassment of reps. Its very short notice but please attend if you can.

Also, members from East Ham are to be balloted over Sarah Hutchins sacking, watch this space and give your support.

For more info ring RMT Rep Stephen Philbrick on: 07903 957422 or Brian Haughian on: 07834 117509