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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 January 2017
What we saw
An Aslef leaflet explains what drivers can actually see from the cab (Click to enlarge)
Britain's worst train operator, Southern Rail, wants to sack all its guards to boost profits. The unions claim the guards have a safety-critical role. Who to believe?
Another London route operated by Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink failed a counter-terrorism test. Staff did not locate a dummy bomb.
Drivers' union Aslef points out the camera view its members have from the cab is blurry and incomplete (examples above from an Aslef leaflet). Guards also provide essential assistance to disabled and unwell passengers, among other duties. Looks like it's not just a 'row over who presses the button'.
Transport for London was extremely keen to let commuters know about the 8-9 January 2017 strikes (Click to enlarge)
Management at London Underground sent five - count 'em - emails to commuters about one day of strike action.
Lucky Londoners received an 'Important Tube strike' email on 5 January, 6 January, and then two on 8 January. On 9 January, a fifth email gave 'Tube strike travel advice for this evening'.
In the same period, Transport for London sent just one email detailing network closures for maintenance work. Transport unions RMT and TSSA walked out against unsustainably low staffing levels.
Thanks to Mary Finch for the tube tale
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