Thursday, June 11, 2009

The system

Why does travelling by the London transport system always feel like such a battle? Surely a transport system is supposed to ease your passage through the city, making things easier. But not in London. Every day it feels like the system has to be outwitted, and it becomes a battle of wills, you versus the system. You feel a sense of achievement if you manage to get somewhere without too much of a problem. But if you beat the system on your outbound journey, it will punish you on your return.

And this is when "a good service is operating on all London underground lines". And for this they want a payrise, they feel they deserve more than the £50K most tube drivers earn?

I managed to navigate my way to and from work yesterday, only adding three hours onto my day. Today, I fear the system will take its revenge.

3 comments:

Feet In The Earth said...

I feel your pain. It was because of that problem that I vowed never to commute into central London again, however that vow many not stick! The tube is the worst thing, especially changing lines. x

Anonymous said...

Do tube drivers earn 50k? On other websites I hear 40k and 30k mentioned...last year the cleaners went on strike to try to get the London Minimum Wage...hourly sums of £7.20 and £7.45 were mentioned... these do not seem like the levels of wages paid by the sort of outfit that'd so vastly overpay drivers...

I do not necessarily doubt what you say, but I do feel that some care is needed in judging the motivations of striking staff...You may feel that Bob Crowe is an opportunistic socialist bastard...as it happens I agree...

But I also might justifiably feel that virtually the whole London theatrical business together with it's hangers-on, is a useless and costly diversion for the upper classes and their riff-raff pretentious middle class supporters....

Like me, as an alternative, you just might feel like living within your means, and hence within walking distance of your work...

Happy days!

SandDancer said...

I read £50k is being what most of them take home with overtime bonuses. But it was more the striking over pay in times of recession when they provide a poor service that I objected to. I would fully support the cleaners striking to earn the minimum wage.

As for your comments about the theatre, you clearly no nothng about it. There are some actors and directors paid a large amout but many people in the industry aren't paid much more than minimum wage. If you think it is all pretentious, either you've been going to the wrong things or you don't have a soul.

As for me living within my means that comment doesn't even make sense. There is no where within walking distance of my work that I could afford to live, hence I have to live on the outskirts of London and travel in.