Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

Does Daryl Morgan provide an essential service?

Posted in Babestation, Customer service, London, Metro by Chairman Pip on 4 January 2012

I’m hoping you all had a nice, relaxed Christmas and New Year, and didn’t have to do anything or go anywhere. Unless you were working. But of course, if you drive a London Underground train, chances are you weren’t working, at least on Boxing Day, because you were all on strike. Now, I’m not going to be debating the merits or otherwise of the Boxing Day sales and such like. The fact of the matter is, for many people, especially in the retail sector, and more especially in London, Boxing Day was a working day, as are most other public holidays in the UK – to the best of my knowledge, the only public holidays where people are encouraged not to work are Good Friday and Christmas Day. So, the question that comes to my mind is, given the number of people that HAD to work on Boxing Day, why is it that Underground drivers only have to volunteer? Indeed, why is it that they only have to volunteer to work (again to the best of my knowledge) on public holidays full stop? I think it is fair to say that the transport network is an essential service; not as essential as the emergency services, but still an essential service. By all means pay people double time for working public holidays, but to me it should be written into T&Cs that transport workers work a certain number of public holidays, and if their name comes up on the rota, tough. A lot of workers aren’t essential – for example, Daryl Morgan told me that she chooses to work at Babestation every New Year’s Eve. That’s admirable of her, and the other Babestation babes that also choose to do so, as well as working Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and the rest. But, much as it pains me to say, they aren’t essential workers providing an essential service, and so it should be up to them if they work on public holidays or not. For tube drivers, as unfair as it may sound, I don’t believe they should have that option. And they certainly shouldn’t hold the city to ransom as they have done the last two years.

Daryl Morgan chose to work on New Year's Eve, but she (unfortunately) doesn't provide an essential service

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  1. […] some additional benefit for it, whether it be double time or an extra day in lieu. But (and I said this last year) I do feel that people employed on essential services should not volunteer to work on those days. […]


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