At the moment, we don't know which tube lines will run or at what times because nobody knows how many staff will strike tomorrow. Tube strikes are always a nuisance for Londoners. Listen to the chatter of the ordinary working folk on the buses tomorrow. They won't see why the train drivers need more money. There's always somebody who argues that strikes are called to early, and never as a last resort. Somebody else will argue that they're only paid when they go into work, and that they don't have the luxury of striking. The current tube strike is not about money though, it's about jobs. TfL currently employ 4 full time staff at Kennington station. If the TfL cuts go ahead, only 1 full-time member of staff will be employed at the station, and they'll only staff the ticket office for 3 and a quarter hours each day (during the morning). If you want to speak to a member of ticket office staff (if the machines break, or you need a season ticket), you'll have to go to the underground ticket office at Elephant and Castle or Oval. Perhaps you can't see a good reason for retaining so many staff members with the current degree of computerisation. I'd tend to argue that staff members who know the station are more important for emergencies (eg. fire or terrorist attacks), but then London's only on "severe" threat for a terror alert, so the risk is slight, right? Arguments can be made in several directions.
One of the members of staff that will lose his job is Paul. Say "hello" to Paul if you see him at Kennington. I only know him by sight. The strikes (in my view) are unlikely to prevent the job losses, so he probably won't be around for much longer as his job (as with the other 2 full time Kennington staff members) is on the line. I'm not sure I can make a convincing argument about why one particular member of staff should be retained so I'm just putting one name to a face. When you're on the rammed buses or can't find a Boris Bike tomorrow, don't moan about the strikers, just ask whether you'd be willing to justify the redundancy of an ordinary man named Paul.
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