“STOP TfL CUTS” RMT UNION ACTIVISTS + STUDENT ACTIVISTS BOND FOR BATTLE
On Tuesday 10.12.13 there was a meeting to discuss the TfL cuts, how they will affect the tube and how we can effectively oppose them.
By Leon Brumant for Occupy London Social Media
Member of Rail Marine Transport Union
On Tuesday 10.12.13 there will be a meeting to discuss the TfL cuts, how they will affect the tube and how we can effectively oppose them.Supporters of the campaign and citizens who are concerned about fares rising faster then pay rises, safety and security being compromised and our world famous tube no longer being well-staffed are all welcome to attend.
Once we look past the mayor of London’s “24-hour tube” smoke-screen, we can see that the closure of all ticket offices, and the loss of 950 operational jobs on London Underground will lead to:
Less ticketing services available to the public (more calls to the oyster helpline)
Less jobs available for Londoners in a time of economic difficulty, which has an wide impact in society.
Local stations having virtually no staff
Staff being harder to locate
More safety related incidents
A worse experience for tourists
A massive impact on people with disabilities, older people and other groups in society
More unreported crime
A silent move away from the Oyster card system and a move toward “contactless payment cards”, where money comes directly out of your bank account and you must deal with your bank when there are issues to resolve. (The same banks who help caused the recession leading to these cuts)
This will be a great opportunity for those working or living in London to mobilise and defend out services, and discuss progressive solutions. There has been a lack if public consultation and the voice of the public must be heard!
Please forward this invitation to anybody who you feel may be interested
Address: University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Meeting place: Reception
Leon (RMT Member)
Points from the meeting:
Most people from the RMT, with ULU member, UK Uncut and Obi and Steve B. from OccupyLondon.
Badly Paid workers: Zero hour contracts.
Overground guards have been eliminated. It has been pointed out that attacks on buses increased due to bus conductors no longer being required and the job is now more stressful for drivers. Any problems and they have to call the police, previously there would be two persons and a bus conductor can ask for assistance from the passengers.
Signalling to be automated: 200 jobs to be lost.
Stations with No Tickets Offices. 953 jobs lost
Claims that only 3% of journeys require the use of the ticket office, which means 36 million people using the service. Not sure what corporation would get rid of a service used by millions of people.
Banks will control tickets, so people will have to contact their banks. Apart from another section of our lives being controlled by banks, they will have access on how/where we travel.
Big Brother scenario:
Conservatives are claiming that they want to have a 24hour tube, and the stations will be manned all night. Supposedly being opposed by Unions. but they failed to point out that the staff, for these open stations, would be in another station and will have to be called in order to assist. Not a good scenario for vulnerable people.
There will be CCTV on these stations, so any crimes will be recorded.
The lowest paid members are getting the cuts, some are having to re-apply for their own jobs at lower salaries.
In future, all pay rises will be paid in bulk and pensions will be frozen at current levels.
There are about 348 Transport for London bosses earning more than £100,000 per year.
17th January is the earliest that RMT can decide about industrial action.
Other groups to be contacted: i.e. DPAC, Greater London Pensioners.
The postcards, being handed out are too long and need to be made shorter and relevant parts highlighted for tube passengers.
Local groups to adopt a Station.
Free Travel Day. I asked the feasibility of free travel week.
What are the aims? Is this campaign only to stop the cuts this decade, only to face the same problems in future? What does the group want, and what is the end point of the campaign?
Stop the Cuts on the Tube.
Ticket sales via the stations to be encouraged.
No to corporate profiteering. (i.e. TTIP was mentioned. The Tube is being partitioned and will be ready for corporate control in 2015).
Universal Access for Tube passengers.