Tube strikers in a time warp

Chris Carter THE TUBE workers who went on strike last week, bringing the Central Line to its knees, will probably not have predicted the outrage their action caused. While many Tube staff went in to work and helped maintain a skeleton service, others heeded the call f

Chris Carter

THE TUBE workers who went on strike last week, bringing the Central Line to its knees, will probably not have predicted the outrage their action caused.

While many Tube staff went in to work and helped maintain a skeleton service, others heeded the call from Bob Crowe's RMT.

To many of us, the fact they could have done such a thing in this current economic climate was astounding.


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It seems some union members are stuck in a Doctor Who timewarp, harking back to the 1970s when workers could hold the country to ransom for double figure pay rises.

Well, hello, this is recession riddled Britain, 2009.

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Many workers in the private sector have had to watch as scores of colleagues were made redundant and pay reviews suspended, aware that any industrial action would probably put their company in danger of closing.

Of course, despite the widespread condemnation, the RMT will be reluctant to back down and more strikes are threatened.

So Redbridge commuters face another few days of chaos, which in its turn strikes hard at the firms already facing financial meltdown.

That's unless Tube workers wake up and realise the Tardis has landed in 2009.

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