Tube Revenue Strikes Friday And Next Week

ticketmachine_050214There’s another type of tube strike happening this Friday (7 February), and next Monday (10 February) and Friday (14 February), but nothing like as disruptive as a network walk-out. No: this is a ‘revenue strike’.

At 9.30am-11.30am and 6.30pm-8.30pm on these days, RMT members working at tube stations will open the gates, not issue penalty fares and won’t check tickets. They also won’t sell tickets and will power down ticket machines or not help with their use.

Gates will still have power so your Oyster card will work, and we wouldn’t for a moment suggest Pay As You Go users not swipe in. That would of course be fare evasion and we don’t know if the Travel Ambassadors who are currently helping out at stations will also be deployed as ticket inspectors. We’re just telling you so that you know why the gates are open and none of the machines work. That’s all.

You can read more detail about the revenue strike in this RMT leaflet (PDF), or read more about the reasons behind the strikes.

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  • Tubeboy

    From talking to my colleagues, the revenue strike whilst a good idea in theory but fraught with problems. Main problem is if we staff do it, we will be in breach of contract.

    • swanboy14

      Is that because it won’t have been voted for, unlike the strike action which I’m guessing was voted for?

    • cecemf

      Staff can get fired because of that, breach of contract and failure to do their job.

  • SN

    Are they insane? Fire the lot of them. If you don’t want to do your job properly there are hundreds of people who will.

    • john

      We do want to do our job but if you haven’t heard they want to close all ticket offices, we all just wanna do our job but we also have to stop these unnecessary closures

      • James78

        But the closures ARE necessary as various cross party feasability studies have shown. Plus, staff are better by the barriers where they can physically assist commuters and are more visible. TFL have even been forced to admit there will not be a single compulsory redundancy so what’s the problem?

        This strike is unecessary, spiteful and militant. Less than 3 in 10 union members even voted for it yet Crow and his cronies pushed ahead regardless. The same Crow who upped his own pay by 26% over the last three years to 147,000. The same Crow who, despite his eye watering salary, has a tax payer subsidised counsel house.
        Champagne socialism is alive and well.

        • Seek n know 20

          Govt, politicians and big corporations will throw figures, stats and numbers at you to argue their case for war, cuts, new law, budget, etc

          These are often distorted to gain public backing. When these politicians or big corporations don’t deliver, they are not held accountable. And we carry on.

          The same thing is happening here. The numbers simply don’t add up.
          TfL say there will be no compusary redundancies. And you believe that?

          There is more to the strike obviously. Pensions, working patterns and conditions as well as the cuts. You do know that right??

          Have you even bothered to dig in and do your own research? Analyse the news? Chew over facts and figures??

          Or are you one of many who simply just pick up a newspaper, take in and believe what we read, think we know what is going on and judge?

        • Bert

          Dear oh dear, another rant from the daily nazi brigade aka Daily Mail. If you choose to only read and believe the right wing anti union press then you need your bumps reading.
          FACT Both RMT and TESSA were present at ACAS for talks and both turned up at Bojo’s office only for him not to be there, now we have him saying there is “wiggle room”.
          Lets make this very clear this strike like the miners strike has been engineered by Tory central office so they can then bring in a law to prevent them from standing up for their rights in the future. Over 65 % of customers said they were in favour of the strike, the same number wanted a ticket office open.
          Crush the tube workers and the rest will be easy. Anyone with any sense can see this, if you are going to comment at least know what you are talking about.

        • Kernow In The City

          That’s a pay rise of less than 10% per year. If you did your job half as well as Bob Crow does in representing his members, you’d deserve a better pay rise than that.

          • zoo

            Less than 10% a year! The profit maaking company I work for has rewarded us with rises from 1.5% down to 0% in the last 6 years.

        • Janine Booth

          Bob Crow was not involved whatsoever in calling this strike. The union’s General Grades Committee (which he is not a member of) decided to hold the ballot; a big majority of members voted yes in the ballot; then the GGC decided to call the strike dates. Bob Crow did not have a vote in any of these decisions, and was not even present in the meetings where the decisions were taken.
          It might suit your anti-union aims to portray RMT’s democratic decisions as the diktat of an individual, but unfortunately for you, the facts tell the opposite story. Pesky things, facts.

      • SN

        Your job is changing. If my job was changing it wouldn’t be pleasant, but I would buck up and deal with it. If my company failed because of changes, that is their problem not mine to decide before hand.

  • Liza Radley

    Going on strike is a breach of contract! This is no more or less legal than striking. And it *was* voted for, just as the strikes were: in fact, there was a bigger majority for ‘action short of strikes’. I think it’s a great idea.

    • Stephen Sharp

      Going on strike is legal.

      This is effectively stealing from the employer. An office worker in a union could strike, I suspect vote or not, if they started taking computers then the law might take an entirely different view.

    • Big boy 1320

      Do yourself a favour.
      Don’t come on here and embarrass yourself by making silly comments like striking is a breach of contract.

      A little basic research next time. Read a book or something. Google perhaps.
      Striking is legal. Workers have a right to withdraw labour. You too believe it or not can strike if you’re not happy with your working conditions provided you are in a union.

      • Liza Radley

        Big boy. You obviously totally misunderstand me. I am an Underground worker and RMT member. I am taking part in the strike action and the revenue action. I know very well that workers have the right to withdraw our labour, as I have been doing it this week.
        But the actual legal situation is that striking *is* a breach of contract. Unions have to include words to this effect on their official documentation they send to their members. Striking – and other industrial action – is legally protected by a series of immunities. It is legal not because it is not a breach of contract, but because of these legal immunities.
        My point was that people who are concerned about the revenue action being a breach of contract should bear in mind that striking is also a breach of contract, but like strike action, it is protected by legal immunities arising from the ballot. So they needn’t worry and can go ahead with the action.
        Hopefully, you will now get down off your high horse and exercise some thought. And if you still don’t believe me, follow your own advice and Google it: try “is striking a breach of contract?”

        • Big boy 1320

          Ok Liza. I have misunderstood you and for that I apologise.
          I am fully behind the strike and I back the tube workers.

          No shame in fighting. No honour in not fighting at all.
          If you’re going down, go down fighting!

          • Liza Radley

            No worries. I probably didn’t express myself brilliantly.

  • boris ‘pinweiner’ johnson

    i am the mayor

    • londona729

      Prove it!

  • disqus_hPsPTbEVJe

    Why on earth, in an age when cars are driven automatically on public roads (by robots) in Arizona, are we still so dependent on manual drivers and staff on the London Underground? It isn’t safety, because driverless cars have every hazard in the book to negotiate.
    There are totally automated underground systems in the far east. Why can’t we have them here? Is it a total co-incidence that the contract for (non-automatic) trains on Cross-rail was announced yesterday?
    It should be a requirement that all new trains for use in the UK must be capable of automated running.

    • wrong

      There are not 200+ cars trying to board one car during rush hour, so your analogy of 1:1 robot communication falls down when you consider that an automated system might fail to recognize the risk to a passenger during a trapped door scenario, and continue to the next station after guillotining a passenger at the start of a tunnel.

      The automated systems you reference, like in the middle east, need additional safety measures here – the jubilee line is an example, and is automated – but they require more staff to monitor each camera, as passenger error is still the biggest factor in an accident.

      And after all of this, the reason for the strike has little to do with platform staff, or drivers, but with the actual ticket offices, which can be safely staffed by robots.

      what was your point?

      • disqus_hPsPTbEVJe

        I am sure that the automated cars in Arizona drive past more than 200 pedestrians or even other human drivers travelling at 50 mph plus. My point was that trains capable of automated running should be purchased now so they are ready when other systems (i.e. signalling/platform doors) are installed.
        Once this level of automation is achieved service to Londoners can be maintained with or without the permission of the RMT.
        Like I said there are no staff at all at my station (although CCTV is in operation) so the ‘practice’ is already established.

        • londona729

          Which LU station is this?

          There’s one in the station office somewhere!

  • joli

    Since I’m self employed this still doesn’t compensate for 1000 lost revenue