UK/London: 24 Hour Tube Strike Starting June 9th

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  1. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8071423.stm

    I imagine this will devolve into some sort of discussion about whether they are right to strike or not. Personally I think it's totally outrageous that they are striking and that their "demands" are laughable. They are already vastly overpaid as it is.
     
  2. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    Around £38,000, I agree vastly overpaid.

    Whenever I hear Bob Crowe speak I wish I had gaffa tape .
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Oh dear, I knew this would happen eventually. I didn't think it would take this long, though. I used to live in England at one point, so I have an idea of what the situation was like back then. Alas, it's been 12 long years since I left England...
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    All those in favour of having Bob Crow stoned to death raise your hands.

    We're in a recession you turds. Shut up and get on with the already stupidly over paid jobs you're lucky to have.
    :mad:
     
  5. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Pricks.

    And no tube strike thread is complete without this video. (NSFW)
     
  6. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I am so lucky I can walk to work these days. Working at a hospital staying home is a non-option - I remember a delightful 2 and a half hours of bus action the last time I was using the tube.

    I can't imagine they have any sympathy from Londoners. Demanding more money to sit on their arses and read the sun while the automatic train does their job for them - in the middle of a recession too! Greedy ****ers :mad:
     
  7. robbieduncan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I too can walk to work. I can also work from home. Neither of these things alter the fact that these buggers think they can hold London to ransom year after year. If I had my way I'd just sack them and then employee people willing to sign a no-unions contract.
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I'd never work for a company that didn't allow unions...
     
  9. robbieduncan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well, perhaps not. I'm pretty sure we can join a union where I work. Just no-one ever would. Perhaps I'd be better trying to have the government declare it as a public service exempt from striking like the Police/Army?
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Unions do a hell of a lot more than people realise. Imagine if there weren't any unions at all. You'd be paid sod all, get sod all leave, sacked for being sick etc...
     
  11. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    They do now, thanks to Thatcher, if it wasn't for her ending their dominance we'd be worse than the French.

    These tube workers make me sick, I'd sack the lot and replace them with the unemployed who will work for less and be grateful for the job, that would set a precedent.
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Even so, as far as the RMT go, they need a good kick in the arse.
     
  13. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yes. They do take things a touch far.
    But let's not tar all unions with the same brush...
    :)


    As a side note, you Londoners really don't know how good you've got it, public transport wise...
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Well, it is good, in that it exists. Beyond that I can't think of too many positives.

    Over crowded. Over priced. Too temperamental (ZOMG Signal Failure!). It's too hot to function. It's too cold to function. blah...
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Move to another city and see...
     
  16. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    When I see a Union acting reasonably I'll let you know, until then you're talking *****cks IMO.
     
  17. iBlue macrumors Core

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    http://upc.*************/uploads/smilies/NO.gif


    *strikes*
     
  18. bartelby macrumors Core

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    well you are entitled to your opinion, however misguided...
     
  19. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    Have you experienced Japanese, Swiss, Austrian, Scandinavian public transport?

    If you have then I suspect you would not have held London so highly, and regarding the unions (which I expect you are a member of) there is a difference between protecting workers and simply being greedy.

    We are in a recession, pay cuts are being taken across the board and these greedy (well paid) drivers are demanding more..!

    Ridiculous.
     
  20. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Like I said.

    Bob Crow and the RMT do take things too far, not all unions are like that.


    I live in a city where the first bus is at 6:30 am and the last bus is at 10pm.
    So compared to that, London is bloody great!
     
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    But the response deal that LU gave the union is just as piss poor crap and I think even worse than the one the union is asking for.
    That increase would not even keep up with inflation and would effectively be given them a 2%+ pay cut per year.
     
  22. iBlue macrumors Core

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    ^

    That sucks and all but I can't help but think they're lucky it's only a pay cut and not an outright job cut. A lot of people are out of work right now and LU employees are making a good salary and bitching/striking about it, all the while inconveniencing people who have nothing to do with it on their way to their own jobs. It's crap.
     
  23. bartelby macrumors Core

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    They're also striking against job losses

     
  24. iBlue macrumors Core

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    D'OH, poor wording on my part. I am referring to those who are keeping their jobs. I am sure a paycut > unemployment. It just seems like such a piss-take for them to be doing this in a recession.
     
  25. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yeah, sorry, I figured that out after I'd posted.:eek:
     

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