On the industrial action front the planned strike by ASLEF TOps on the Piccadilly was called off after negotiations but the RMT strike at the Piccadilly Line control room is still on the cards. I don’t have any details of what the grievance is other than they aren’t happy with the move from their current location at Earl’s Court to a new place at Hammersmith.
Meanwhile the bus operators and Unite will meet at ACAS today to try and sort out the bonus issue but I doubt if the bus drivers attitude will have softened seeing as staff working for SERCO on the Boris Bikes have just been given an Olympic bonus. Unite did offer to meet last week but the bus operators declined the invitation though Stagecoach, who run a lot of routes in and around Stratford, broke ranks and made an offer, as yet no news as to what it was or if it was accepted by the drivers.
Stagecoach was founded by Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag, both deeply committed Christians who donate large amounts to the SNP and are famously anti-union. Trawling through Private Eye I spotted that the church sister Ann attends when staying at one of her two castles needs £50k to repair the roof. She made £37m last year and could easily have spared the cash but instead she coughed up £30k and left the other parishioners, who probably didn't make quite as much last year, to find the remaining £20k.
Apparently charity begins at home, not at your second home. Grease up that camel…….