This week’s Underground strike is simply outrageous. Demanding a 5 per cent pay rise in these times, and insisting on no compulsory redundancies (an unfortunate but entirely necessary side effect of Metronet becoming part of LU), not only shows utter contempt to those losing their livelihoods and homes, it displays an almost criminal lack of common sense and decency.
Bob Crow is a truly abhorrent, self-serving t**ser. He is doing nothing but damage to the public’s perception of his union, the RMT. He seems to revel in calling strikes and the damage this will do to businesses in the capital: an estimated £100m loss over the two days is totally unacceptable.
If this walkout was about safety or, at a push, work conditions I think there might be some public sympathy. But it’s not. I’m not sure what dream world Bob and the gang live in but this recent comment from him sheds some light as to his state of mind: “It wasn’t our members who created the downturn and we will not be bullied into accepting that they should be forced to pay for an economic crisis that was cooked up by the bankers and the politicians.”
He’s either totally out of touch or downright delusional!
One must question the mentality of any person who follows Mr Crow, a man who wears tracksuit bottoms for an interview on the BBC Breakfast Show, stands on a picket line nowhere near central London at Seven Sisters – a convenient 15 minute drive from his house in Woodford – and a Millwall fan who makes the impossible possible by giving Millwall fans a bad name!
I know two tube drivers, neither of whom is in favour of the strike. Indeed, only 2,800 of the 10,000 balloted voted in favour of the action. It’s important to remember that many Tube drivers, who take the brunt of the public’s anger, are actually members of Aslef – the other major train drivers union – which DID NOT vote for the strike and have been turning up to work. As I understand it, at one major depot less than 20 of over 200 drivers are RMT members and four left the RMT prior to the strike in protest.
As one of them said to me: “We have one of the safest and most secure jobs in the country. The fact we’ve even been offered a pay rise at all is good. Of course I’d like more money but my sister’s just been given a big pay cut so you have to put things into perspective.”
Well said, sir. Well done to him and his many colleagues who crossed the picket line. But most of all, congratulations to the 60,000 people who made it to Wembley with no tube or trains, sticking two fingers up at Crow and his cronies in the process.
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