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LU Stations announcement- Fit For Nothing!

22 November 2013

So first thing yesterday Mike Brown met with Manuel Cortes (your General Secretary) along with myself, outlining his branding of ‘Fit for the Future – Stations’ He told us he was no politician, but believe me this was a politician in full spin and deceit mode, spending most of the meeting on how the Underground has grown over many years and the projections for that to continue, before the hammer blow on proposals to:

  • Close every ticket office on the Network!
  • Rip up current station grades and smash jobs by nearly a thousand!!
  • 60% cut in GSM, DSM grades and a new single grade with no detail on salaries, T&C’s etc!
  • 45% cut in Supervisory grades with a new single grade with no detail on salaries, T&C’s etc, whilst making it clear you might end up as a CSA!

He then bribes the public with a 24 hour tube on a few lines at weekends, ensuring the bad new gets buried after his headline grabbing SPIN!! A job awaits at Westminster Mr Brown, I am sure Boris Pinocchio Johnson the master of lies and U-turns can get you a safe seat!! After all he stood on a platform prior to his election in 2008 saying he will keep every ticket office open, and repeated this in the Assembly in 2010 as Mayor!! U-turns come no bigger than promising to keep every ticket office open, to now shutting every ticket office!

What next?

An initial members meeting took place following the announcement yesterday, when some of the detail was shared and the anger was palpable that we are not taking this without an almighty fight, so we have arranged further members meetings next week, when its essential you get along, make your feelings clear, share your ideas, and HAVE YOUR SAY. These will be held at:

Monday 25 November, 1600-1800 at O’Neils, 326 Earls Court Road

Wednesday 27 November, 1700-1900 at TSSA Head Office, Melton St, Euston

Thursday 28 November, 1600-1800 at Torch Pub, 15 Bridge Rd, Near Wembley Park tube




Week of Action, time to get the public with us and spell out the effects of de-staffing ticket offices, and stations!

Following the McNulty report on the Railways with recommendations to shut down 100’s of ticket offices, we have mobilised staff, passengers, community groups, and politicians against these cuts and all but 4 Stations have been saved!

It’s now our turn to fight for our lives and do the same on the Underground so we will be carrying out leafleting the public, and we will also take the Ghost train to each action, highlighting the future and safety implications of mass staffing cuts on the Underground to get the public on board against these cuts!!

These actions will take place at:

EDGWARE tube station, 0700 – 0900, Monday 2 December

HARROW on the HILL tube station, 0700 – 0900, Tuesday 3 December

CLAPHAM COMMON tube station, 0700 -0900, Wednesday 4 December

HAMMERSMITH tube station, 0700 – 0900, Thursday 5 December

STRATFORD tube station, 0700 – 0900, Friday 6 December

Actions speak louder than words, so please make every effort to get along, start to build the campaign for what will be the fight of our lives, and make it very clear that what has been tabled from the company is FIT FOR NOTHING!

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