Transport workers planning industrial action over Tube ticket office closures

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tube 'ambassadors' to help during strikes Tube 'ambassadors' to help during strikes

So-called Tube ‘ambassadors’ will be used to help travellers during planned strikes on the Underground.

Transport union RMT plans to carry out two 48-hour strikes on February 4-5, and 11-12 in a protest against the planned closure of all ticket offices on the London Underground – resulting in a loss of 750 jobs.

Transport for London (TfL) said hundreds of TfL and Underground staff will work to keep stations open and aid travellers.

The union has branded using “scab volunteers” as “dangerous nonsense” while TfL said the staff will combat “totally unnecessary industrial action” and urged union leaders to end strike threats.

Over three-quarters of RMT members voting in a strike ballot supported the walk-out.

London Underground says less than 3 per cent of Tube journeys utilise a ticket office and that the closures will help save £50m per year in the context of a budget reduction of £78m over the financial years of 2013 and 2014.

Plans include putting staff on platforms to help passengers.

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2:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate.

Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way.
Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate. Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

5:39pm Thu 23 Jan 14

MorrisHickey says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate.

Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way.
The latest rebranding of Billy Yearache?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate. Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way.[/p][/quote]The latest rebranding of Billy Yearache? MorrisHickey
  • Score: -5

5:51pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate.

Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way.
The latest rebranding of Billy Yearache?
Undoubtedly.
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Get shot of Crow and sack the strikers and import some East Europeans who will appreciate the great salary and additional benefits that these ungrateful 'workers' do not appreciate. Were the Olympics that long ago when these same strikers were rewarded for merely doing their job receiving additional payments, only to find that the tubes were less busy than feared. They want it all their own way.[/p][/quote]The latest rebranding of Billy Yearache?[/p][/quote]Undoubtedly. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: -4

9:01am Fri 24 Jan 14

Robert19 says...

I'm slightly confused by this story - not so much with this report but with BBC London News which had shots of Olympic volunteers on their programme implying that they would be called in to help. However the news item them went on to say that it was backroom staff. This is normal in a strike that managers etc are asked to cover. I cannot understand the link with the Olympic 'ambassadors' - there appears to be none. So staff are being asked to volunteer whilst being paid for their normal duties.
I'm slightly confused by this story - not so much with this report but with BBC London News which had shots of Olympic volunteers on their programme implying that they would be called in to help. However the news item them went on to say that it was backroom staff. This is normal in a strike that managers etc are asked to cover. I cannot understand the link with the Olympic 'ambassadors' - there appears to be none. So staff are being asked to volunteer whilst being paid for their normal duties. Robert19
  • Score: 4

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