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(Metro)   "I'll be home for Christmas" gets new, extended UK version with lyrics like "As long as I get there by 6 on Christmas Eve, and stay till the 27th, because I can't leave"   (metro.co.uk) divider line
    More: Asinine, Trade union, Strike action, National Rail, Employment, Network Rail, latest offer, RMT members, Post-privatisation British railway companies  
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2308 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Dec 2022 at 10:20 AM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-06 10:22:52 AM  
But I thought they shouldn't strike because it benefits Putin, or something?
 
2022-12-06 10:23:58 AM  
Amtrak Joe is waiting for a call from the UK
 
2022-12-06 10:32:55 AM  
Mind the Gap (in wages vs. cost of living).

/and vote Union
//unless it's LEO Unions, because fark those assholes
 
2022-12-06 10:33:18 AM  

Tax Boy: Amtrak Joe is waiting for a call from the UK


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2022-12-06 10:42:38 AM  
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2022-12-06 10:56:04 AM  
OK so I'm on the inside and can tell you that the government is trying to frame this as 'greedy workers' trying to take from the poor innocent travellers.

Firstly the government is literally paying to ensure these strikes take place. They are compensating the train operating companies directly using taxpayers money to do so, this means the TOCs and network rail don't have any real incentive to resolve these strikes. This has cost the country over half a billion so far (rough estimate not hard figure, accurate totals wouldn't be revealed until much later)

Secondly profits at many companies within the privatised railway structure are turning over obscene profits, over 300% in a single year. (Angel trains financial statement)

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They have frequently been dreaming the changes they are trying to force through as essential or much needed when in reality no one, either staff or the public wants them. One such reform is that they want to close every ticket office and information desk and force everyone to buy tickets online. Obviously many people will buy the wrong ticket so they are increasing the penalty for buying the wrong ticket to £100 at the same time.

I'm a driver and we frequently get framed as greedy, but to give every driver in the country a raise would cost around £29m, as you saw above just one company could cover that with a mere 12% of their profits.

This is about protecting the profits of railway companies and doing so at the expense of both taxpayers and staff and comically many people are buying into the government lies because for some unknown reason they think they will be better off if their fellow brits are jobless or on reduced wages.
 
2022-12-06 10:59:00 AM  
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2022-12-06 11:08:58 AM  
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2022-12-06 11:38:58 AM  
Xai:
This is about protecting the profits of railway companies and doing so at the expense of both taxpayers and staff and comically many people are buying into the government lies because print media and government bullshiat they think they will be better off if their fellow brits are jobless or on reduced wages.

FTFY
 
2022-12-06 11:48:42 AM  
The subway authority should play Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" on repeat in subway stations just to calm the nerves of upset passengers who are delayed. It's such a beautiful song.
 
2022-12-06 12:05:41 PM  
Really.

You tried this rugpull bullshiat with the unions and they WENT ON STRIKE ANYWAY.

Who could have seen this coming? WHO?
 
2022-12-06 12:09:29 PM  
Seriously demoralizing that Americans have managed to normalize choosing the dumbest / weakest possible solution to the simplest of problems to the point that it makes workers in the UK seem bold and rational.
 
2022-12-06 12:28:08 PM  

Xai: OK so I'm on the inside and can tell you that the government is trying to frame this as 'greedy workers' trying to take from the poor innocent travellers.

Firstly the government is literally paying to ensure these strikes take place. They are compensating the train operating companies directly using taxpayers money to do so, this means the TOCs and network rail don't have any real incentive to resolve these strikes. This has cost the country over half a billion so far (rough estimate not hard figure, accurate totals wouldn't be revealed until much later)

Secondly profits at many companies within the privatised railway structure are turning over obscene profits, over 300% in a single year. (Angel trains financial statement)

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They have frequently been dreaming the changes they are trying to force through as essential or much needed when in reality no one, either staff or the public wants them. One such reform is that they want to close every ticket office and information desk and force everyone to buy tickets online. Obviously many people will buy the wrong ticket so they are increasing the penalty for buying the wrong ticket to £100 at the same time.

I'm a driver and we frequently get framed as greedy, but to give every driver in the country a raise would cost around £29m, as you saw above just one company could cover that with a mere 12% of their profits.

This is about protecting the profits of railway companies and doing so at the expense of both taxpayers and staff and comically many people are buying into the government lies because for some unknown reason they think they will be better off if their fellow brits are jobless or on reduced wages.


Give them hell.
 
2022-12-06 12:32:07 PM  
I thought "rail hell" was a permanent fixture in the UK....
 
2022-12-06 12:43:56 PM  
So nothing different than every holiday travel season ever.
 
2022-12-06 2:45:05 PM  

Xai: OK so I'm on the inside and can tell you that the government is trying to frame this as 'greedy workers' trying to take from the poor innocent travellers.


I hope this narrative isn't getting any traction. It's easier to make such a narrative stick when most of society's doing OK... but... we're not.

I've got a perspective from the Royal Mail strikes, because I used to work there, and I have friends who still work there. And the asshat in charge is blaming all the issues including large customers cancelling their service on industrial action. Last I saw, they aren't hiring seasonal temps/agency workers and are essentially driving the service into the ground, and blaming it on workers who aren't getting a fair wage. Shareholders get a nice fat dividend, though.

/I should invest in guillotines.
 
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