Central Line West branch

Mind the Reality Gap when it comes to cleaning uniform.

Gerry Duffy's recent letter to Bob Crow about uniform cleaning token shows that there is a great divide between what management think they know and what it actually the case.

Re-Grading of Shepherd's Bush Station

From Bob Crow, General Secretary

I write to update Branches that a resolution was received from our Central Line West Branch alleging unfair and discriminatory practices against members at Shepherds Bush. I am pleased to advise branches that the matter is now been resolved and the General Grades Committee has decided to close the file.

Proposed Job Cuts: Greenford Group

  • Greenford: loses 2 full time SAMFs, replaced by part-timer Saturday-Sunday only
  • East Acton: loses 2 full time SAMFs, replaced by part-timer Satuday-Sunday only
  • Perivale: loses full time SAMF and is replaced by part-timer
  • Ruislip Gardens: keeps its part time SAMF, but gains 2 part time CSAs for all 7 days (we don't know why, either!)

Leaflet for passengers: White City and Greenford stations

RMT members will be giving out leaflets to passengers at Loughton and Hainault stations. Click '1 attachment' / file name (below) to view and download the leaflet, and in you print it out, cut it in half! You can read the text below.

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London Underground plans to:

  • cut 20 staff at the stations in this area (West Ruislip to Shepherd’s Bush)

Proposed Station Groups Reorganisation: Details for the Central line

London Underground's proposed new groups for the Central line are as follows:

Greenford - West Ruislip, Ruislip Gardens, South Ruislip, Northolt, Greenford, Perivale, Hanger Lane, Ealing Broadway, West Acton, North Acton, East Acton, White City, Shepherd's Bush - 13 stations, c.135 staff

  • This is the current Greenford group with White City and Shepherd's Bush stations added. Greenford group currently has 102 staff; White City has 14, Shepherd's Bush 25, and their share of their current group's reserve is around 14. Total = 155. So, management's proposals represent the loss of around 20 jobs on these stations.

Rest Day Roster: Survey to take place

Notting Hill Gate's GSM has been refusing to implement a rest day roster for reserve staff, in the mistaken belief that he is entitled to do so unilaterally.

Shepherds Bush Central upgraded to SS1

Shepherds Bush and Wood Lane station under went a review today, where your reps and LU management visit the station to assess everything from UTS gates, Staff levels, POMs, Lifts and Escalators to passenger foot fall which all carry an amount of points under the complexity review. Then tallying up the points after reviewing everything on the station the total score determines what grade SS that Station is or becomes.

Revenue Control Training

Central Line West and Hammersmith & City line branches submitted the following resolution to the May 2009 meeting of the Regional Council, where it was passed.

This Council condemns the poor treatment of members of staff who after 2 years are still waiting for Revenue Control Training.

Child Fare Anomaly

Our RMT rep on Greenford group, Paul Beirne, spotted a cock-up in the new fares revision, and has sent this letter to management ...

I'd like to bring to your attention the following anomalies, which are already causing conflict with station staff and customers. It concerns, what I believe, are inaccurate fares increases which we are advertising on stations and TFL's website.

Government Puts Flexible Working Rights Extension On Hold

This resolution was unanimously agreed by RMT's National Women's Advisory Committee on 11 November, having been submitted by Bakerloo and Central Line West branches. It will now go to the union's Executive for their consideration.

This union is appalled at the announcement by Peter Mandelson that the government's plans to extend flexible working rights to parents of all children under 16 have been put on hold due to the economic crisis.

New Westfield shopping centre - the impact on stations

Here are some statistics about the new Westfield shopping centre due to open at the end of this month in the White City / Shepherd's Bush area. This will clearly have a big impact on workload for station staff, particularly at White City, both Shepherd's Bush stations and the new Wood Lane station. It gives some context to RMT's concerns about the inadequate planned rosters and staffing levels at Wood Lane.

RMT reps are meeting with LUL management to discuss this on Thursday (9 October).

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Revenue Control Re-structuring

From 'Red Central', RMT Central Line West branch's newsletter

On 14 September, Revenue Control underwent a major management change.

All three units were merged into one with one Revenue Control Manager (Instead of three) and just nine Duty Revenue Control Managers (DRCM's) instead of 16. The AG1 staffing level was also reduced from eight to three.

This was all done by senior management with no consultation and complete ignorance of the operational change procedure, (an agreement that is supposed to protect staff.)

Central Line: Joint Branches Newsletter - Stop Casualisation and De-Staffing

The two RMT branches on the Central Line - Stratford no.1 and Central Line West - have jointly produced this newsletter urging Central Line staff to vote Yes to industrial action to stop casualisation and de-staffing.