Monday, July 13, 2015

The Real Truth About The Latest London Tube Strikes

As is typical, the newspapers only offer half of a story.

They mention only the unions discontent about the 24hr shift patterns and pay - rarely quoting a representative while never criticising the acts and intentions of the Public Transport bosses.

 London doesn't need a 24 hour tube service... Clearly.

The publications make it seem as though the unions are loathsomely careless and petty. Just as they've been told.

This is how our captors function: The banks are handling increasing customers aside the misguided hunger to decrease payroll costs by planning to close all counters and move to machine-only staffing. This is a pursuit of futility. Humans will be needed to fix the machines and the customers will flock to the banks with the highest proportion of human staffing. Why even announce such an aim? It's mad.

Why does it seem that our leaders (captors) are mindless and have disregarded compassion completely?

These are the main reasons TFL / LUL workers are so rightfully eager to strike:
23,000 people, 30% 'minorities', 22% female. Surprising.

Due to the bosses and despite better alternative strategies, 24 hour rotas mean that all staff who were on variable shifts (worked mornings / days and evenings (-1am)) are now forced to work all night - yes, with no choice.

The all-nighter pay is proposed to be exactly the same as days.

With this change, all staff are to be dislocated from their regular close-to-home station and given three or more stations that they 'could' be ordered to go to. Creating more work for everyone, the locations can be up to ten miles away from the employee's residence.

The numbers of human-staffed ticket offices in London train stations are steadily being reduced to less than 20 in the city. There are around 366 stations in London.

TFL has tested new automated-service machines, even on their own staff for 'training' purposes, that will replace them. Until they break.

By 2025, LUL plans to cut 70% of their human staffing...

Realities and proposals untold by our great 'journalists'...

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