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LDC (casual vacancy) Election 2012
"A private ballot by sealed box will be held on 5th November 2012"
"Waterloo LDC Casual vacancy"
What we decide / arrange in the following months will finalise how drivers work for a very long time! It is very unlikely there will be any more cuts to the working week. In fact, the McNulty report encourages the powers-that-be to *INCREASE* the hours we work!
That won't happen; not on MY watch!
About me: My name is Dave Johnson.
I've been on the railway a while. Driver Instructor/Assessor for 14 years at Waterloo.
In that role, I've trained and assessed many of you. You know what I do.
What you may NOT know, is within that role, I've created a 'buffer' system.
When a driver has an 'incident' his manager works to set criteria.
If a driver misses a station (for example),
the "action plan" is to cross-out stations on the schedule card.
Really? That WORKS does it?????
NO! It REALLY doesn't!
"We've exhausted our options, move onto the next stage"
(Which is generally code for re-deployment!)
I've written many training aids
(eg. target-fixing, Life-style issues and Retention of core route-knowledge)
which DM's are now OBLIGED to use before CONSIDERING re-deployment.
These were ALL written by me to prevent
drivers being forced to leave our grade over a minor mistake!
We can all have a bad day at the office..and ALL have done.
Should we lose our roles for this? ...NO!
We MUST ensure every possibility of re-training is explored, and that this becomes the NORM!
LDCs of every depot on our region have used these action-plans, and (on the whole) DMs are pleased to have a 'tool' they can use. If they DON'T..well...that's what the LDCs are for ;-).
To ENSURE that the managers recognise the RIGHT of every driver to move on from an incident,
learn from it, and continue to ply their trade!
The reason I am advertising my wares is:
I'm taking THIS time to run for LDC,
and I'm asking for your vote.
I see many battles ahead;
I think our grade is coming under attack.
I see 'Issues' arising from the implementation of the four-day week coming at us.
I also feel that the way drivers are treated after an incident, is getting worse.
I think my strength(s) lie in personal representation, and together with the (strong) current LDC team, an intelligent approach to local bargaining procedures...to re-iterate to managers that Waterloo & Nine Elms are UNIQUE...and deserve to be treated as such!
I ask for your vote on November the 5th.
GUARANTEED fireworks! ;-)
X Vote Johnson