In the past when a driver on a manual line had numerous SPADs they were sent to an ATO line, most commonly the Victoria as it struggles to get enough drivers due to it being completely subsurface apart from Northumberland Park. Seven Sisters was akin to a Siberian Gulag - the place where the exiles were sent - until they opened Brixton depot which has proved even less popular than Seven Sisters and now that is the new "Gulag".
So why wasn't the driver offered a transfer? We're short of drivers on the Central Line and are cancelling trains
Also the safety issue is nonsense, if you SPAD you get tripped and pull up in a heap, you can't move the train until you've reset the tripcock, etc. so its not as if you're going to be running into the back of the train in front
The situation was he (is it a he?) had three SPADs in 11 weeks, management said if he had a fourth SPAD he'd be sacked and he should agree to a move back to stations. Had an ASLEF rep been present at the time they would have told them that management was giving him incorrect information. They lied and now they're trying to cover themselves. The press/media/public are accepting their story and blaming the union for a situation that was created by management ignoring agreed procedure. Again.
Post by aslefshrugged on Apr 12, 2018 11:59:15 GMT
While I agree three SPADs in 11 weeks is a lot the driver would have undergone at least two months actual driving training with an Instructor Operator and they wouldn't have been let out on their own unless the trainers thought they were capable. After each SPAD there should have been a "corrective action plan" and if necessary they could have been sent back for further training.
And as I mentioned if they were completely unable to drive on a manual line the usual procedure is to send them to an ATO line where there's a lot less chance of them having a SPAD.
The interview where they were told that four SPADs and they'd be sacked should never have happened without union representation. Management took advantage of the driver's inexperience and used that against them
Of course I don't know the details behind it but you could imagine someone well-meaning in management was trying to stop them getting sacked by offering them alternative.
Except you don't get sacked for having four SPADs, indeed you don't get sacked for any number of SPADs. You get sacked for an "aggravated" SPAD where you fail to follow the procedure. I've had two SPADs in my 14 and a bit years, both times I followed the procedure, both times I got a "Corrective Action Plan" which involved me driving with an IOp to monitor my manual driving.