Friday 18 March 2016 3.11pm
John C wrote:
Tom Pepper wrote:
I can understand your misgivings, but remember, initially it will only be a couple of lines that will run through the night.
In addition, it will only come into being when the tube unions have secured football players salaries for their members, and no doubt they will.
I'd be more in favour of this if they'd started running tube services all night when it really mattered - on weekdays/nights. Then at least the people who keep London running - nightworkers, shiftworkers, those on early turn (including hospital staff, bus drivers and railway workers) would get some benefit. It could be extended to weekends later.
Whatever they're paid, why should the tube workers be expected to give up time, upset their own weekends, change their working practices, just for the benefit of the tiny minority of London's population who actually want (and can afford) to party all night at weekends? But I suppose it will be useful for some night workers - at least for the bar staff and bouncers.
Incidentally, who's subsidising this pointless exercise?
As to 'expecting tube workers to give up time, upset their weekends, change working practices, etc.'
According to a tube worker in my family, who granted works at concourse level, keeping an eye on ticket barriers, tube drivers will be ready to sell their first born to jump on this gravy train, pardon the pun, when the night tube does start to run.
They are salivating at the prospect of raised wages, and £££ bonuses to accept night working.
Some are filled with anguish at the prospect of new strikes slowing down the commencement date of the night tube, one of his friends saying that he is relying on the bonus for spending money on a family Florida holiday that is already booked.
Nothing wrong in that, if you get good money for doing what your job requires, you can have a couple of weeks in Tahiti for all I care.