The envelope containing my ballot paper has been returned and in two weeks’ time we should get the result although if it turns out to be anything other a resounding vote in favour of a strike I think everybody will be shocked. TSSA have joined the other two unions in balloting their members so we could have all three unions in dispute on the Tube for the first time since 1926; at last Boris can claim to have achieved something during his time as Mayor of London!
Despite this dispute being purely about terms and conditions there’s always someone who wants to believe it is something it’s not and a load of “Tubeworker” leaflets have appeared around the depots inciting us to “TAKE ON THE TORIES”. These are produced by Workers Liberty, a handful of Trots who still think the proletariat are on the threshold of rising up against the running dogs of capitalism and seizing the means of production rather than sat at home watching “Britain’s got talent”.
I could well believe that management would love to depict our strike as political, there were some who accused RMT of calling a strike on Network Rail because the Tories had won the election even though the dispute had been running for months and they’d started balloting in April. Regardless of the motivation the threat of a strike was enough to get a revised pay offer and the same worked for our ASLEF colleagues on Southern where they’ve been offered 3.2% after rejecting 2.6%. If our fellow railway workers can get a decent pay rise through threatening to go on strike it seems highly unlikely we’re going to accept 0.75% especially when we are also being asked to work even more unsociable hours than we do already for an insultingly small amount.
In other news after over 60 years of reading the Daily Torygraph (because she’s ex-Foreign Office and it used to have the best foreign news coverage) Old Mother shugged is no longer prepared to endure it’s right wing bias and has switched to the Grauniad. Which I suppose proves that it’s never too late to change.