Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Monday, May 9, 2011

London Transit Strike Update: Big Mouth London Mayor Told To Get Off His Backside And Negotiate With Union

Here's Boris Johnson (on the right), and RMT head Bob Crow.

I don't know if Mayor Johnson hates unions or is just trying to make a name for himself, but he's been calling on political leaders to be aggressive with the union. Apparently it's backfired on him and he's being thrown under the team bus.

He's running out of friends, particularly as they don't want to be seen as responsible for the strike:

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, said today: "Instead of pointless calls for changes in the law, Boris Johnson has to look much closer to home, about how he runs his administration and why employee relations have deteriorated so badly under him at the expense of Tube users.

"The cost of his poor judgment threatens to cause huge disruption to Tube services and cost London's economy millions of pounds."

[Bob Crow] added: "All that we are seeking to do is get our unfairly dismissed members back to work doing the job that they are being paid by Londoners to do - driving Tube trains."

It's too early to claim victory for the union but it does appear Johnson is being hung out to dry. He deserves it. The firing of the two union activists does seem to have been malicious, and, at the moment at least, it appears that this battle in the class war is to be won by good guys.