Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Tube Cave-In

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Tube Cave-In

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OF COURSE it is good news that the Underground strike planned for New Year's Eve by the RMT, the largest of the Tube unions, has been called off.

The Tube will now be running right through the night, as originally planned by the mayor, Ken Livingstone and the festivities for the New Year will carry on as normal. But the concession has come at a price. The RMT union leader, Bob Crow, has hailed the deal as bringing signallers and line controllers on the Tube to the "top of the industrial pay league". What it means is that key workers will receive pay increases well over the rate of inflation, at 5.7 per cent, bringing the pay of some to [pounds sterling]44,000 a year for a 35-hour week.

Those who pay for this extraordinarily generous package - Tube passengers - are entitled to ask whether they have got a deal that is actually in their interests, or whether this concession to the bullying tactics of the RMT is an indication that if the unions threaten to bring travel to a halt at critical periods such as Christmas and the New Year, management will inexorably cave in. …

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