Oyster Card Refunds, As Another Union Talks Strike

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 105 months ago
Oyster Card Refunds, As Another Union Talks Strike

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TfL has announced that they are offering refunds to anybody affected in last month's 48-hour tube strike, reversing their earlier decision to point the finger at the RMT. There's a caveat, though: thelondonpaper reckons that applicants for the 'goodwill payment' must prove they suffered a travel nightmare in order to qualify. Photographic evidence of your weeping bride stood up at the altar as you waited for a bus on Battersea bridge might suffice, but if the strike just made you late for beers with Barry down the boozer, your case might be harder to prove.

Transport chiefs might need to get into the habit of offering refunds, as the prospect of another strike has hoved into view. Hundreds of LU engineers and electrical workers have been balloted by the Unite union, who say that London Underground offered a "derisory" final offer before walking away from the table. That offer was a pay rise of 2% over two years, which ordinarily would be a jab in the kidney, if we were not living in exceptional times where firms are begging staff to work for free in order to stay afloat. Many Londoners in countless other industries have had to get used to wage freezes and reduced working hours; most of them don't have their heel pressed on the jugular of the capital's transport network.

The other three unions, RMT, Aslef and TSSA, are said to be considering the offer.

Last Updated 07 July 2009

Dave

"TfL has announced that they are offering refunds to anybody affected in last month's 48-hour tube strike"

Anybody with a weekly or longer season ticket on Oyster, that is. Unlucky for those of us on prepay.

DeanN

Surely anybody on prepay wouldn't have been foolish enough to have wasted credit on tube-strike day?

Epicurienne

I use Oyster pre-pay and I walked. 1 hr 10 each way, each day. But for my friends and colleagues who couldn't walk to their destinations, and where they couldn't get on a bus that was jam-packed and then got stuck in traffic because everyone with a car decided to drive, they either had to stay at home (long-distance commuters) or take cabs (expensive). Those with cars had to fork out for extra petrol/ parking. One colleague, who decided to cycle everywhere that day, had his bike stolen, along with that of a friend, locks left intact. All in all these strikes cost us in other ways. That's why I feel strongly that ALL London commuters who'd usually take the tube should be given some sort of compensation for strike days, not just travelcard holders.