Today, I couldn’t help but voice my anger in more than 140 characters. After 30 minute bus journey that would have taken around 7 minutes ( if that! ) to walk, I decided to get off the bus and head back. Thankfully, I had no major obligations today, but millions of Londoners did. Why would they have to suffer leaving home 3 hours early with a chance of still being late for work, missing interviews, meetings all because of the selfish antics of Bob Crow and his minions.
Firstly, I would like to praise thousands of London Underground who stayed on to work and keep us moving even if at a snails pace. They could have had an extra day off, but chose to do their job. Which in real life (outside the TfL fairytale kingdom) is your obligation once you sign a contract and it is not a choice. Let’s not forget all the rest of the TfL staff who will have to bear the extra burden of overflow of passengers and help us get around London.
Without sounding like a right-wing tory, which I am by the way, I would like to leave the politics out of this. I do not believe in Trade Unions. They should have died with Thatcher. It is extremely damaging to the economy (estimated £200mil this time round) in more ways than those decades ago and we are so connected to each other that the ripple effect has consequences way beyond its immediate audience. I am certain there are better ways to reach agreements without bringing one of the greatest cities on earth to a halt.
This is just another form of bullying by Mr Crow and in no way is he “ready to talk.” This is unfair pressure on TfL and Mayor of London for personal gains and good on Boris for standing his ground. Conversation is a two way street and should not be opposed with ultimatums especially which affect the innocent residents of London. Even more so, how does Bob Crow think this will win public support is beyond me.
The only people that I can see supporting this nuisance must live far out of London without public transport as an option and not educated or interested enough to understand the real problem here and buying into Union’s propaganda. Yet, when explained properly that there is no job cuts involved in this matter, would probably oppose the strike too!
There are no job cuts! Voluntary redundancies with wonderful pay packets, repositioning of staff throughout the TfL. For the benefit of the customer, who is a number one priority here and should always be, TfL bringing the staff closer to us, to be at hand when needed and not behind a glass on their asses all day with little care for good customer service, earning more than those risking their lives and serving our country. It will probably benefit the NHS too, given that these slugs would move around the station and get off the obesity ladder. But that is a whole different topic.
I may not be fully politically correct, but I am still correct in more aspects than one. I have no intention in generalising and stereotyping London Underground staff. What I am trying to show is that is exactly what Union action makes me think of these striking workers and I am sure I’m not the only one.
God only knows, what would happen if all those earning below the London Living Wage would stage walk outs, simply because THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE!!!! Let alone go on 6star cruises..
We can’t be stuck in the past, London Underground needs modernisation to move forward given we give so much money for it. So therefore, I stand strongly behind Transport for London and Boris Johnston and I hope you do too. Let’s not give in to this bullying which we so strongly try to rid off in our schools, yet still have to face in the adult life.