More of this please, more of this

Union leaders behind the longest rail strike in British history were confronted by a furious passenger who stormed their headquarters and tried to lock them inside.

The commuter barged past security into a meeting of senior figures at the RMT and shouted “You’re going to ruin my f—ing life”, the Telegraph has learned.

He then attempted to lock the door and told union executives they would not be allowed to leave until the action was called off. Police were called before the man was eventually frogmarched out of the building by staff members who heard screams for help.

Entirely true that peeps have the right to strike, to associate into unions to aid them in doing so and all that.

We also get to tell ’em what we think about it. Which we should be dong, up close and personal, more often.

21 thoughts on “More of this please, more of this”

  1. Apparently they’re going to run the country in partnership with Labour should the unthinkable happen, according to The Quartermaster.

  2. The commuter barged past security into a meeting of senior figures at the RMT and shouted…

    …before the man was eventually frogmarched out of the building by staff members who heard screams for help.

    Sounds to me like he didn’t put up much physical resistance or issued much in the way of physical aggression.

    So the high level union types who are always playing tougg, going on about how they’re going to stick it to the tories because they’re evil, don’t have the spine to stand up to one bloke who’s a bit pissed off and have to call for help.

  3. Publish the names and addresses of each and every striker and the union officials.
    Let the commuters talk to them individually.

  4. Ted S, Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

    It’ll be fun to see the general reaction to this versus the “direct action” of the environmentalist groups.

  5. Ted S, Catskill Mtns, NY, USA

    It’ll be fun to see the general reaction to this versus the excuse-making for environmentalist “direct action” we get from much of the media.

    (Sorry if this shows up twice; the first comment isn’t appearing.)

  6. decnine is right. Let the bastards feel the consequences of their actions. The Trade Union Movement (Labour) have too much money.

  7. I’m content that the right to strike continue for employees of firms participating in competitive markets. But employees of monopolies should not be allowed to strike, whether the monopoly be permanent (govt) or temporary (gotta operating franchise). If they don’t like their T&Cs they can fuck off to another job.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    Don’t worry, a bunch of Remainers will be along soon to tell them they didn’t know what they were voting for and it’s not in their short term economic interest to strike and demand they go back to work.

  9. I’m confused by this Labour position of “We’ll ensure people have the right to withdraw their labour.”

    Doesn’t everyone have that anyway? If you don’t want to go to work, walk out or don’t go or quit.
    Except for police and army, i can’t think of anyone who is actually forced to do their job…

  10. In the distant past, when I commuted into central London, there was a series of rail strikes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Grrr!! Blow me down, but on the Wednesday a ticket inspector came along the carriage. My ticket remained firmly in my pocket. “You should have asked me yesterday! Or come by tomorrow, but not today!”

    “There’s no need to be like that, Sir!”

    On the contrary, I think there is! It is the most effective way I can show my displeasure!”

    He threatened to call the police, but there wouldn’t have been time. In any case, as I explained, I would be perfectly happy to show my ticket to a copper, as he wasn’t on strike and making my life miserable.

    At which point the train arrived at my stop and I got off. I minor victory, maybe, but a victory all the same.

    With France at a standstill, I hope the Tories remind people of rail strikes of times past, when unions were strong….

  11. I support people’s right to strike when the people suffering are the people making the decisions in the negotiations that are failing – ie, management and/or owners. Rail staff going on strike simply kicks in the bollocks people who have less than zero ability to do anything about what the strikers are striking about.

    If Fletcher’s staff go on strike, so what, I’ll buy Wharbuton’s, give a thumbs up in solidarity while passing the picket line, and management will see their profitability vanish from under their feet, forcing management to act.
    If train staff go on strike, HTF do the people affected – the passengers – change the strikers’ employement conditions? Vote for a government that outlaws strikes?

  12. I totally support the right to strike; I also totally support the rights of third parties who are affected by strikes to sue for additional costs incurred by the strikers.

  13. @jgh

    Yes, but once you’re in, afaik you can’t just walk out again at any point. Ask for discharge? Sure, but walking out is going AWOL and probably result in prison. (assuming the military justice isn’t as soft as the civil justice)
    You are free to walk out of a job. There are no criminal penalties. They might try to sue, but can’t hold you there

  14. These greedy f**kers are digging their own grave. Every company I know has a VPN now for external access in case of strikes and having put that in, people are working at home more and more.

    This not only means that trains are less busy, but motorways, too. And the combination of those means that it’s now a stress free drive with OK traffic as far as the edge of Reading, then I park at Theale and take the train just for the local stop.

    10 years from now, the trains are going to be in crisis, mark my words. Because they’ll be empty.

  15. @BoM4

    And by then we’ll have the first phase of HS2 running to relieve imaginary ‘congestion issues’.

  16. Chris,

    The minister of transport should kill it before breakfast on Monday.

    They have all the data on this. Number of trips on season tickets have fallen from 702m to 625m in 4 years. Steady fall of around 3-4% per year. The tech is all there for most people and what’s happening is the culture shift: a generation of managers emerging that accepts this.

    It isn’t going to go in reverse, and if anything, it’s going to decline for another 5-10 years. HS2’s projections are, however, based on growth.

  17. @Chernyy_Drakon December 6, 2019 at 1:21 am

    They can’t “walk out” as they signed a contract saying ‘you can leave after trying job, but after x weeks of training you must serve for y months”

    Same as under-grads who sign-up for a military scholarship; or Big Corp paying for employee’s MBA

    Don’t like? Don’t sign

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