Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Don't let jobs go down the tube.
Boris Johnson reckons that the tube strike is irresponsible and totally unnecessary. That all of the staff reductions can be taken up by voluntary redundancies. Well of course they can. In almost any job you could find a number of people who for a variety of reasons would be happy to take a nice bit of wedge and move on. That's not the point. We know that no one is being forced out but if TfL get their way staffing levels will be drastically reduced. It makes perfect sense to do away with ticket offices and have more staff to man the stations but that is not what management have in mind. Everyone knows that the public, especially late night women travellers, feel far more safe and secure with a well staffed station. I'm glad that tube workers are resisting job cuts. More power to their elbows. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Bob Crow might be a unreconstructed old Stalinist but I wouldn't mind having him as my shop steward.