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The need for a no strike agreement on the Underground
23/06/2011 13:11:00

It was transport questions in the House this morning and, despite being at the bottom of the order paper, I got called. I asked a question about the need for a no strike agreement on the Underground, preferably one negotiated with the trade unions but failing that enacted by law.

The Undeground is a vital public service. Every time we have a strike, it costs London's economy millions of pounds and inconveniences thousands of my constituents. It really isn’t acceptable that a minority of RMT members can hold the capital to ransom, particularly when no great issue of principle is involved (the recent strike, for example, was in response to the dismissal of a member of staff and was called despite the fact that an industrial tribunal into the decision is still ongoing).

The Minister replied that the Government had no plans to change the law at present but would keep the matter under review.

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On 06/07/2011 18:38:00 Anthony Miller wrote:
It is true Bob Crow can hold London to ransom because he has a natural monopoly but that doesn't make it right to withdraw from the workers their right to withold labour. It's an important freedom and witholding it would only be counter productive. I mean do you really want to be on a tube train driven by someone who's got the hump and find you're "accidentally" stuck in a tunnel for 9 hours. The Conservatives have tried strike bans before - remember GCHQ? - ...didn't go very well, did it? Government spokesmen keep banging on about the need to clip the Unions wings even before there have been serious strikes - as if they were going out of their way for a fight or perhaps talking tough because it plays well in the media. To be honest I was expecting more strikes given the level of government spending cuts but ...well, we'll see. However, I think most of the drive is ideological rather than logical. Erm ... they're called Employment Tribunals these days by the way ...they haven't been Industrial Tribunals since I was the receptionist at London Road and used to tease Cherie Blair that John Smith's death might mean her husband could soon become PM. "No", she would say, "...I think it'll be Gordon" ...How we all laughed.
 
 

 

 

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