Tube staff vote to strike, just in time for Summer? Hooray!

7 June 2010

Bitterwallet - London UndergroundBecause scuttling through the filthy underworld of London in the unconditioned hell of summer isn't enjoyable enough, London Underground workers have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over jobs, pay and conditions, etc etc and so on.

The dispute revolves around a partnership between Transport for London and private company Tube Lines to upgrade several lines of the Underground system. TfL recently stumped up over £300 million to operate Tube Lines after the project fell behind and was roundly savaged by critics.

Broadcasting from deep within the recesses of the 1970s, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Once again RMT members have shown their determination to stand up and be counted when it comes to defending jobs, pay and working conditions. We have sought concrete assurances that staff will not be expected to pay off the Tube Line's exit costs in job losses, attacks on safe working conditions and an undermining of pay rates."

No need to worry about the jobs, pay and working conditions of the million workers who commute into London every day on the underground, then. That said, the only lines that would be affected by this vote would be the Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines - those lines that Tube Line were responsible for upgrading, which employs the staff who voted. Nobody, however, would be overwhelemed with surprise if the RMT called for a full strike of all London Underground workers in support.

TOPICS:   Travel

12 comments

  • Rob
    If it keeps the Londoners inside London then I'm all for it.
  • Nader
    Oh Rob, you sad little man... "as long as it keeps Londoners inside London" Seriously, take a look in the mirror, you country bumpkin
  • Spark
    Fucking lazy shiftless bastards.
  • BlueBoy
    I with Rob, stuff the london twits, let them catch the bus, or God forbid, actually walk the half mile instead of catching three tubes.
  • ACID
    DAMN! its the only reason to travel in the UK to see London anywhere up north or outside of london is crap///its puts Britain on the map!
  • The B.
    Bit late aren't they? They need to give 7days notice and the World Cup starts on Friday, or maybe they thought we wouldn't notice that there's a direct correlation between international fitba and their being on strike.
  • piggy
    I'm OVERWHELEMED with suprise, even if nobody else is. WOOT!
  • James D.
    Good article, but when is it and how long are the expected delays?
  • Liz
    Come off it, BlueBoy, half a mile to work in London? Only if you're rich. Most poor buggers live a one and a half mile journey from work, even by tube. By the time you got to work by any other method it would be time to come home again.
  • Liz
    Sorry, I meant to say one and a half hour journey. One and a half mile, I wish!
  • Brad
    Im surprised Bob Crow has found the time to do this, instead of shouting abuse at leauge 2 football managers the classy bastard.
  • How O.
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