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Started by Fambo Number Mive, May 11, 2022, 10:46:41 AM
Quote from: Buelligan on June 27, 2022, 10:57:15 AMI know publicly owned Italian railways (Trenitalia) own a fat slice of the tax-payer subsidised UK railways, the Avanti West Coast line and the Essex Thameside route. Yes, a forrin government's publicly-owned railway company privately owns part of the UK's railways and receives subsidised profits from UK taxpayers because having a nationalised UK railway system would not work in here. Presumably, profits, share dividends, go to support Italy's public railways.
Quote from: Johnny Yesno on June 28, 2022, 10:15:55 AMRMT chief Mick Lynch: We refuse to be poor anymore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_v0U6__Ukg
Quote from: Johnny Yesno on July 02, 2022, 02:01:51 PMWhat do you expect? He was reading and agreeing with an article entitled 'The RMT is engaged in economic vandalism'. Where was that letter snipped from? Would it be the Telegraph, perchance?
Quote...She also met Susan Lea from north Wales who has experienced toilet waste from trains on a nearby railway line being strewn across her garden.But does toilet waste from trains pose a risk to the public and railway workers? BBC Inside Out asked Dr Martin Cox from Coventry University to test random samples from rail tracks for analysis.The findings revealed there could be potential risks to public health from raw sewage being found on railway lines...
QuoteNearly 600 executives at Transport for London (TfL) were paid at least £100,000 each last year, as the transport agency prepares to cut back bus services to make cost savings.The 597 making six figures in the 2021/2022 financial year, which includes 40 Crossrail staff members, was an increase of more than 30 per cent on the previous year, when 455 executives got £100,000 or more. Of those 597, twelve made more than £315,000 last year, with one executive netting more than £625,000...
QuoteThe highest earner at TfL last year was departed head of customers, communication and technology Vernon Everitt, who made £626,037. Of that, some £352,697 was a severance package, with a base salary of just over £200,000.Other high earners included:Commissioner Andy Byford, on £355,792Chief finance officer Simon Kilonback, on £407,461Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild, on £447,717Chief capital officer Stuart Harvey, on £375,276Chief customer and strategy officer Gareth Powell, on £380,294...
QuoteDrivers at eight train companies have voted to strike over pay, raising the prospect of further widespread travel disruption this summer.Members of the train drivers' union Aslef at Chiltern, Great Western Railway, London North Eastern Railway, London Overground, Northern, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands all voted overwhelmingly to go on strike.Thousands of TSSA union members at Network Rail have also voted for strikes, in separate ballot results announced on Monday.Staff in engineering, maintenance and control roles voted. The turnout in managerial grades was just below the threshold under union laws, but managers voted for industrial action short of a strike, a result that could amplify the effect of a wider strike.
Quote'Strikes are always the last resort,' said Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union. 'We don't want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and families use public transport, too – and we don't want to lose money by going on strike but we've been forced into this position by the companies driven by the government.'Many of our members – who were, you will remember, the men and women who moved key workers and goods around the country during the pandemic – have not had a pay rise since 2019.'With inflation running at north of 10% that means those drivers have had a real terms pay cut over the last three years. We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.'It's not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you're not worse off for three years in a row. Especially as the train companies are doing very nicely, thank you, out of Britain's railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders, and big salaries for managers – and train drivers don't want to work longer for less.'Being a train driver is a professional, technical, and safety-critical job. It takes a year to train a driver who can be responsible for the lives of up to 1,300 people on any journey.Mick said: 'We don't think we're special; we believe no worker in this country should put up with pay cuts year after year just because this government has allowed inflation to rise. Whatever happened to the Tory wish for good, well-paid, jobs? Obviously that's only for the CEOs, not for the workers doing the job.'And, don't forget, if a train driver doesn't get a cost of living increase, it won't mean that a nurse, or care worker, or cleaner will get one. This isn't – or shouldn't be – about setting one worker against another.'Wage rises aren't exacerbating inflation, anyway. Excess profiteering is. The government isn't asking companies to cut profits or dividend payments to help manage inflation. Wages are chasing prices, not putting them up.'It's not too late for the companies – or the government – to resolve this situation.Mick said: 'We're happy to talk to anyone to do a deal and make sure Britain's railways aren't disrupted. The government is restricting what the operators can offer, but then refusing to get involved in negotiation. They seem to have no interest in finding a resolution.'
Quote from: Fambo Number Mive on July 12, 2022, 09:02:58 AMMembers of ASLEF and TSSA have voted to strike:Here's a question. Oxford station has GWR, Crosscountry and Chiltern Trains services. I'm not sure if ASLEF members on Crosscountry are going to strike, but if they don't, I presume I'm not undermining the strike if I travel via Oxford station during an ASLEF strike as long as only use train companies that are not striking. Is that correct? Or is it still undermining the strike?
QuoteThough agency workers can now replace strikers, questions remain over the numbers of spare teachers, nurses and train drivers who can step in as replacements.With both the National Education Union and NASUWT threatening strike action in the autumn term, the Conservative MP Jonathan Gullis offered to return to the classroom should those threats materialise.
Quote from: Fambo Number Mive on July 02, 2022, 05:38:31 PMI found it on another message board but I suspect it was from The Sun. It has been years since I read a printed copy (I used to eat in a cafe where they had lots of newspapers) but it looks a similar layout to their letters page. Any Sun readers on here confirm?
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