Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tube Strike day

So yet again there is a tube strike. The unions are striking in protest at TFL and Boris Johnsons proposals to close all of the ticket offices on the network. Unlike most armchair Tory commentators, I use trains, buses and tubes every day. Whilst no one likes disruption, I agree with the stance of the unions on this issue. For a simple reason. I've never seen ticket offices without queues of people requiring assistance at busy times. The stance of TFL is that people will have to sort themselves out in another way (ie sod the customer) and they'll get used to it. This is typical of businesses that have a monopoly. When people criticise the transport unions they forget the main reason we have a safe network is the unions. As a user of the network, I think this happens to be a rather important consideration

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