Tube strike FAQ: myths busted and questions answered
London Underground staff have voted for industrial action despite a last minute offer from TfL, why is the strike going ahead?
London Underground submitted a proposal to the unions, which on the face of it appears reasonable – saying no employee will be forced to work longer hours, staff will be able to swap night shifts between themselves, and all will be able to refuse night shifts after a trial period.
The strikes are actually about working conditions, not pay. Quoting how much a Tube Driver makes is irrelevant. Homework. #tubestrike
Drivers work unsociable hours. They can be working three out of four weekends and almost every bank holiday and have been doing so for many years. For managers to come along and say we are introducing a night tube and not consult the drivers and station staff and enforce a new working pattern on them without consulting them is unethical.
We could work 17 weekends and have one off, potentially. The unions in previous years have fought for our work conditions and have kept our jobs secure. I am on a fixed term contract with London Underground at a time where my job future with London Underground is in question yet they are hiring new staff on permanent contracts around me.
Londoners complaining that the Tube strike is frustrating have been reminded that is the point.
Tube drivers have something almost everybody in London wants, are difficult to replace and are well-organised. If I could bring the New Statesman to a standstill by not turning up for work and wasn’t eminently replaceable, you better believe I’d hold out for a great deal more than £50k.
Source: Guardian Transport
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