The Tube strike has inconvenienced thousands of people, cost an estimated £50m per day and for what? After the collapse of Metronet, London Underground assured ex-employees that their jobs and pensions would be secure…so Bob Crow, General Secretary of the RMT takes them out on strike in order to get assurances that their salaries and pensions would be secure. This strike has been called off without gaining any extra concessions. The RMT are yet to decide whether to go ahead with another strike starting on Monday.
LBC presenter, James O’Brien has used the power of the new media to get his own back for the hassle. He has set up a group on Facebook called “Boycott Bob Crow” where 236 people have pledged not to serve Bob Crow in response to his refusal to serve them after they have paid their fare. Woe betide Bob if he wants a curry in Southall or a haircut in Tooting.
Well, small acorns and all. Two local businesses deserve mention; Clive from Aldridge Printing in Sutton refuses to do Bob’s printing and Gus from Labels Direct in Carshalton will simply not supply labels or till rolls. No, I don’t know how Bob is going to survive either. Maybe if Mayor Livingstone hadn’t offered Crow some legitimacy in the past by making him a Board Member of TfL, he wouldn’t be such a thorn in the side of ordinary Londoners now.