Q&A: WHAT IS THE DISPUTE ABOUT?

first_img whatsapp Q.WHY ARE WORKERS STRIKING?A.London Underground staff, as represented by unions RMT and TSSA, are striking against proposals by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) to cut up to 800 station jobs, including ticketing staff and station management in a bid to save the cash-starved network from a series of government funding cuts.Q.HOW WILL THE CUTS HIT UNDERGROUND WORKERS?A.TfL has said that it plans to reduce the number of operational hours at Underground ticketing offices by nearly 7,500 a week across the network. TfL has said that at some stations, including Latimer Road and North Ealing, ticket offices sell less than 10 tickets an hour, while only one in 20 Underground journeys begin at a ticketing office. TfL said this is a result of the Oyster card programme. Q.SO WHY ARE THE UNIONS UNHAPPY?A.RMT and TSSA have argued that the proposed cuts are now a safety issue as ticketing staff not only sell tickets but also provide assistance to passengers. The unions have also argued that a brightly lit ticketing office provides a safe haven to passengers, especially for women who are travelling on the underground network, at night or when few people are around. Q.ARE JOB CUTS THE ONLY ISSUE?A.Not entirely. On Sunday evening at 7pm, over 200 Alstom-Metro workers left their posts to strike for 24 hours. The train engineers, who service the Northern and Jubilee Lines are disputing pay levels. The RMT voted against a proposed two per cent pay increase for Alstom staff, but the company called the proposals “fair and reasonable” in the current financial climate. Engineers plan to strike on 2 October, 1 November and 27 November. RMT said this first strike would be “rock solid”. KCS-content Q&A: WHAT IS THE DISPUTE ABOUT? Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Monday 6 September 2010 8:37 pm More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com whatsapplast_img