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In around 90 minutes time (at the time of writing), London’s tube system is turning off, is going to bed, will be sans mouvement.  

For 48 hours, London Underground staff, supported by their union RMT, are staging a strike – at an estimated cost of £50m per day to London’s economy.  (Which is just what we need during a recession isn’t it?)

According to the BBC’s website

“[London Underground] had offered staff a four-year deal of 1.5% this year and then the inflation rate plus 0.5% – or a two-year deal of 1% now and inflation plus 0.5% in year two.

However, the RMT [Union] wants a 5% pay rise and a promise of no compulsory redundancies.  About 3,000 RMT members voted in favour of the strike.”

Yes, I would love a pay rise above inflation during a recession and the promise of no compulsory redundancies in my organisation as well.  But want doesn’t always get does it?

I think the ‘plight’ of the tube workers is starting to fall on deaf ears.  Well, at least here in the capital, where people already pay through the nose for and have to rely on our antiquated and unreliable transport system to get to work each day as it is…without this added disruption.

Ok, this strike has minimal inpact on my life really – I’m just moaning.  I can work from home if need be (and I will be for the next couple of days), but what about those people working in essential services such as hospital workers, ambulance workers, fire-rescue, police etc?  What happens if they can’t get to work? 

I’m so incensed by the lack of consideration by these tube workers.  Yes, I understand that they are trying to make a point, and are succeeding – but seriously!  Two days is a little excessive!

However, as with everything, there is a positive side to the strike – in this case, showing what  resilient bunch we are when we come together to work out a problem.  In the last few days bloggers, tweeters, and city workers have been sharing tips and links to information to help beat the strike.  The Walkit Website  is one that has been passed around Twitter, and this site helps a user to plan walking routes around the capital.  Other recommendations that I have stumbled on include Bike the Strike, the Keep London Moving Map, and the London Underground site.  And if things get desperate there’s always the Tweetbike – a one man mission offering lifts to Londoners on their way to work (crazy I say!  That’s a lot of lifts!)

Anyway, as I might have mentioned, I plan to work from home for the next couple of days anyway…

…I should just be grateful that I don’t live in France where strike action is the norm.  I would be in a permenant state of apoplexy if I did!

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  1. Crazy?! 🙂 should be a fun, busy day!


    June 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  2. haha! Yes it should…but you are still slightly crazy 🙂 In a good way!


    June 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

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