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News, reports and information for London Underground train drivers


Competence Assurance?

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Another component of the new rulebook (guidelines!) is the introduction of the Competence assurance programme. This is being introduced to phase out the TD1 and TD2 system and instead we are going to have competence assessor DMTs (I know - a contradiction in terms!) who roam the system anonymously making sure we can drive trains and assessing things like making announcements and braking properly, etc over a two year period. Sneaky, huh!

Instructor Operator Review

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Management have recently given the union draft proposals to review and change the way Instructor operators are recruited and managed and have proposed some important changes to the role which the Union has made objections to. The key change is that they are suggesting a two tier structure going back to the road trainer idea and a "super I/O" who will be off the roster and no longer doing driving as their main job.

Cross Track Projection (XTP) Fiasco

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Members may have already heard of Cross Track Projection or XTP as they like to call it. If you haven’t, you will soon. These are the large projector screens that have been installed, firstly on the Victoria Line, and now on the Bakerloo Line. They will be coming to a location near you soon.

Dangerous Waves

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Connect Radio: The Risks to your Health and Safety

Most lines are now fitted with the all-singing, all-dancing, new shiny Connect radios; 8 years late and god know how much over budget! There are 2 concerns your Trains Health and Safety Council reps have about this system: one is the move to Phase 2, which will see drivers take authority to pass signals at danger over the radio, and the other is the TETRA waves associated with the radio system.

Around the depots: Arnos Grove

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

  • Local reps have negotiated a pool operators’ rest day roster to be introduced in early October.
  • Local management had been denying first aiders the chance to update / refresh their certificates. Following discussions, local reps have now negotiated a u-turn by management; first aiders will now be given the opportunity to keep their first aid skills up to date.

RMT Fights For Fair Representation

... But LUL and ASLEF don’t want to know

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Some RMT driver members are having to make do without a local rep due to the collusion between LUL and Aslef to exclude RMT reps from Hammersmith, Barking (H&C), Stratford and Loughton. At Loughton, Aslef only have a dozen members and have a local rep, we have 42 members but no rep.

Party Time On The Tube

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

Following on from the drunken chaos on the Underground on May 31st we eagerly await Boris’s plans for December 31st. Past years have seen the Tube transformed into mobile bars on New Years Eve as revellers get in the party spirit before midnight; then transformed into rivers of beer and vomit as they go home again after midnight. Boris’s alcohol ban is hardly likely to reduce this mayhem. Especially if, as in previous years, free travel is sponsored by a drinks company!

Attendance At Work - New Procedure?

From 'RMT On The Trains' newsletter, August 2008

We have been told that at many Depots, Management are re-interpreting the Attendance at work policy (which we never agreed or signed up to!). Full 26 /52 week cautions are being given, despite people trying to minimise their time off, and any mitigation is being ignored!