a strange feeling of déja vu….
once again “industrial society” chooses conflict over consensus – its not even a point blank refusal of management demands like back in the 70s
why couldn’t LUL have agreed to have talks in January? why such need to bring in new rotas now, especially when security and safety should be paramount after 7/7…?
so the bosses and unions play a game of brinkmanship with everyones holidays and celebrations and create a risk of traffic jams (and black rats stop checking people)
Telephone number 020 7222 1234 (++ 44 20 7222 1234 from outside UK) should also give announcements if any strike or disruption is happening.
RMT pressrel follows
publication date: 28 December 2005
DECEMBER 28: STRIKE ACTION by 4,000 members of London Underground’s biggest union is set to go ahead on New Year’s Eve and January 8 and 9 after bosses rejected a compromise offer to suspend action to allow talks on new rosters the union believes will leave stations dangerously understaffed.
“Discussions with London Underground broke down today because the company refused to suspend the introduction of the new rosters at the heart of this dispute to allow us to enter into detailed discussions in January,” RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.
“As a gesture of goodwill we offered to suspend our strike action if the company responded by suspending the introduction of new rosters that have not been safety validated.
“It is almost beyond belief that the company has turned down flat an offer that would have allowed services to run on New Year’s Eve and given us the room for in-depth discussions to take place later. Surely the priority should be to get the services running.
“It is no good LUL talking about three days of talks at Acas if they have already made it clear that they will not move towards recognising our members’ safety concerns – that would simply have left Londoners and our members high and dry.
“LUL’s point-blank refusal to accept our compromise offer means that strike action remains on for 24 hours over New Year’s Eve and over January 8 and 9,” Bob Crow said.
update: 2005-12-30 11:47 – still no talks, no deal
this strike will result in entire London Underground system being closed – presumably buses still run – but its difficult (and sometimes dangerous) for non-Londoners or those not local to an area to travel on buses (people from other “ends” who sit on the top deck at the back are often mugged!).
There are sometimes scuffles and fights for night-buses in some areas, despite CCTV!
taxis are extremely expensive and will be overstretched, and Scotland Yard will deploy extra officers (including “black rats” or traffic cops) to ensure there are not problems with overcrowding and drunken/drug driving…
I hope they do come to a last minute deal like last year; but unfortunately it seems that those with money and power would clearly rather sacrifice peoples holiday time than let the strike happen during the start of the business week in a new year…
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