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TSSA tube strike: which side are you on?

28 October 2010

An appeal to colleagues at Tubelines from TSSA members in London Underground.

TfL and London Underground are planning a jobs massacre. The industrial dispute over the 800 operational jobs is just the start. London Underground have already announced a second wave of another 800 jobs to go on the non-operational side. On Tubelines, there has been an announcement of approximately 500 redundancies. While there has been no formal announcement there are strong indications that another round of redundancies are planned for the engineering staff (i.e. the ex Metronet).

The next 24-hour strike on London Underground begins at 9pm on Tues 2 November.

Tubelines appeals for strike-breakers

We are facing a major attack on public transport in London, and now Tubelines, who are themselves planning to make our members redundant, want your help to break the London Underground strike. They want Tubelines staff to cross London Underground workers picket lines and then do their jobs. They are even claiming that those with lapsed operational licences can have them renewed in the next couple of days. Anyone with any self-respect would not help Tubelines undermine colleagues on London Underground especially when their own job is under threat.

There have been numerous incidents where safety standards have been completely compromised during strike days. These ‘volunteers’ will often be working with agency workers, some of whom have clearly never worked on the underground before: they will not know what to do in the event of a crisis.

If you are asked to volunteer, please consider the following:

- The fight for jobs and services is one that affects everyone in the TfL family. If these job cuts are forced through, then it won’t be long before we see the next wave, which at Tubelines could very easily include your own job.
- If you ‘volunteer’ you will be undermining the lawful action taken by your colleagues after a formal democratic industrial action ballot.
- You may not have sufficient recent training to do the job safely and competently in the event of an emergency (the hasty renewing of licences means that the company is prepared to licence people without any real evaluation of their familiarity with current practice.
- You will be working with agency staff who are unfamiliar with the underground and if something goes badly wrong you could be held liable.

Please don’t help Tubelines undermine our action

TSSA strongly advises that during official strike action you do not ‘volunteer’ for duties that fall outside your job description and contract of employment. You should not be victimised or mistreated for refusing to undertake voluntary duties. It is unlawful for TfL to resort to these tactics.

Please immediately inform your Union if you or anyone else feels pressured into volunteering.

How else you can help?

- Distribute copies of this article to non-members so they understand why we are asking for their support. Ask your colleagues to join.
- Not a member of a trade union? For details on how to join TSSA visit
- Sign our petition
- Undertake our passenger survey
- Get your friends and family to sign the petition and take the survey.


With the threat of redundancies at Tubelines, we need your help to build our organisation. If you want to know how you can help then email]

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