Possible Southeastern train strike in New Year

As a former resident of Greenwich, BC can't tell you how lucky we are to live in a place that it not at the mercy of Southeastern trains. Of course, they serve St Johns, New Cross and Lewisham, but in Brockley we have plenty of alternatives, whether it's Southern, the DLR or the ELL.

After a dismal performance during the snowy weather, Southeastern trains may be further disrupted by industrial action. Staff are now being balloted on possible strikes by the RMU, over plans to cut the post of Team Leader.

Always putting the passenger first, Bob Crow wants strikes in the new year, on the grounds that cuts could compromise safety.

PA has the full story.

14 comments:

BobFromBrockley said...

While the prospect of strike action will fill any Southeastern passenger with horror, especially in the wake of the snow disruption, I am not sure I agree with the implied criticism of Bob Crow here. Cutting staff, and cutting staff pay, are NOT in the interests of the passengers, and passengers should extend every sympathy with the workers who suffer under the Southeastern regime.

A friend of mine, Josh, recently suggested to me the best course of action rail workers should take: instead of striking, work for the day but run the services for free so the train company suffers but the passengers don't. Anyone with a line to Bob Crow, please suggest this!

Anonymous said...

"They will be particularly unpopular with passengers"

Unlike the 13% price hike eh.

Brockley Nick said...

@Bob - it was slightly naughty of me - I have no idea whether this will have an impact on passenger safety or not.

But I know that every time there is any kind of strike action planned, it is almost always justified on the basis of passenger safety. I also doubt that it is in the financial interests of Southeastern to put passengers' safety at risk.

Trend Spotter said...

Safety is the new black on the railways.

Anonymous said...

This blog is very socially conservative. Hardly surprising give the profile/stats thing you released the other week.

Brockley Nick said...

You say on this thread, where one comment is in support of the strikers, two others are cryptic / neutral and the other comment is from you, who presumably isn't "socially conservative".

westsider said...

this isn't a social issue. it's an economic.

I am as socially liberal as it gets. I don't like Bob Crow.

Brockley Economist said...

FACT: Railways are far too safe as it is. It costs tens of millions of pounds a year in safety measures for lives saved on the railway.

Yet thousands of people are not given medical care for expensive diseases or die on the road for the sake of a few thousand pounds of maintenance. It would be much more efficient to make the railways less safe and treat some of those patients/save some of those road deaths.

I agree with Nick that safety is just a smokescreen. Bob Crow wheels it out to justify inflated wages and terms and conditions way out of line with market rates for the staff he represents.

@Bob - of course they won't run the trains anyway. A large part of their leverage with the company is the reputational cost/refunds on season tickets (if it causes them to rise over the threshhold)/chance of losing their franchise.

Lou Baker said...

I wonder if any passengers will notice the difference?

Southeastern is so dire most of the time anyway a strike really can't make things much worse.

Dodger said...

Let them make staff reductions,less staff at the entrances means more chance of getting away without paying,yippee

Monkeyboy said...

FACT? How dangerous is just dangerous enough then? It's a bit more complex than you think, Google. " yellow book railways" for the definitive guidance..... And it is always guidance. The only safe railway is one with no trains running, it'll be dead safe next year then

Anonymous said...

"The only safe railway is one with no trains running"

Not true. Railway lines are a considerable tripping hazard. Especially at night.



When nicking cables n stuff.

Anonymous said...

Or doing Graffiti.

Crofton Park Ranger said...

As per previous suggestion - When striking in Australia, all the transport workers turn up for work but let everyone travel for free. Unsurprisingly they get a lot of support from commuters!

Just sayin'...

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