Don’t the RMT get it?

All over London there are people in the private sector who already earn less than tube drivers and are having their hours cut, their pay cut or even losing their jobs.

Yet Bob Crow is calling a series of tube strikes which will further add to their difficulties. I’m far from convinced that the strikes are just about pay and conditions, the RMT like to flex their muscles every now and then, but even if it was it doesn’t show much solidarity with the other London workers.

8 responses to “Don’t the RMT get it?

  1. Is it the case that the strike will involve 10k+ tube workers and yet the ballot involved about 3k. So two thirds of those that are going to strike couldn’t even be bothered to express an opinion on whether to strike. Perhaps it is time to consider turnout thresholds for strike ballots?

  2. Is it the case that the strike will involve 10k+ tube workers and yet the ballot involved about 3k. So two thirds of those that are going to strike couldn’t even be bothered to express an opinion on whether to strike. Perhaps it is time to consider turnout thresholds for strike ballots?

  3. James – a dull blogging suggestion.

    Could you please change your blog RSS feed so that not only the title shows up ?

    On a blog aggregator (e.g. Google Reader) only the title shows up of your blog posts…it doesn’t make the content very enticing.

    I recommend that you change your Blogger config to allow the first few lines to show too, as do virtually all other bloggers.

    At present I skip most of your posts as I scroll through all blogs I subscribe to as there’s nothing to get me to ‘taste’ the nature of the blog post and click on it to open the post up in full.

    You will probably get more readers if you make this change.

    Just a suggestion.

  4. James – a dull blogging suggestion.

    Could you please change your blog RSS feed so that not only the title shows up ?

    On a blog aggregator (e.g. Google Reader) only the title shows up of your blog posts…it doesn’t make the content very enticing.

    I recommend that you change your Blogger config to allow the first few lines to show too, as do virtually all other bloggers.

    At present I skip most of your posts as I scroll through all blogs I subscribe to as there’s nothing to get me to ‘taste’ the nature of the blog post and click on it to open the post up in full.

    You will probably get more readers if you make this change.

    Just a suggestion.

  5. RMT are striking over safety issues and unfair dismissal of a driver, they are not striking about pay as you seem to imply.

    It is a shame that there is not an independent body to tell us if the trains are safe rather than management claiming they are safe (well they would, wouldn’t they) and the drivers on trains claim they are unsafe.

    By privatising the underground and the surface railways, it seems that the last concern of train and underground companies is passenger convenience and safety. It is a shame when our elected representatives also side with profits over safety – it doesn’t show much solidarity with the other London workers.

  6. RMT are striking over safety issues and unfair dismissal of a driver, they are not striking about pay as you seem to imply.

    It is a shame that there is not an independent body to tell us if the trains are safe rather than management claiming they are safe (well they would, wouldn’t they) and the drivers on trains claim they are unsafe.

    By privatising the underground and the surface railways, it seems that the last concern of train and underground companies is passenger convenience and safety. It is a shame when our elected representatives also side with profits over safety – it doesn’t show much solidarity with the other London workers.

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