The Anonymous Widower

RMT Threatens Strikes Over ‘Guardian Angels’ Plan

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The RMT has warned of possible industrial action in protest at a government plan for unpaid volunteers to help guide railway passengers and prevent overcrowding at stations.

They don’t seem to be in favour.

This was a statement from the Department of Transport.

These volunteers will play a crucial supporting role in keeping people moving by easing crowding and providing advice to help maintain social distancing, protecting passengers and tackling the spread of the virus.

‘We are clear these volunteers will not be performing any tasks or roles that vital frontline staff are trained to carry out, and they will be deployed at key stations in the short term when the easing of lockdown restrictions could see the increased use of public transport.

It puzzles me, why the RMT didn’t strike during the Olympics, as we had all those charming volunteers, helping visitors with their needs.

June 2, 2020 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. RMT dinosaurs somehow survived the maggie asteroid collision and continue to maintain that ‘guards’ are vital for train safety, despite the fact that their most recent contribution to passenger safety was the manslaughter of Georgia Varley.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | June 2, 2020 | Reply

  2. Sadly, RMT responds to every innovation or proposal with an aggressive ‘can’t do’ knee-jerk reaction. Is it so scared of a few well-meaning volunteers in tabards? Do they pose an existential threat to the mighty union? What a weak, scared little thing it must be under all that beery bluster and braggadocio.

    ‘Reactionary’ pretty much sums up the old dinosaurs’ approach to modern working life. Every time they behave this way, I’m reminded of similarly unimaginative, reactionary unions representing coal miners, dockworkers, shipbuilders, compositors, printers and others whose actions hastened the end of their own jobs and in many cases of their entire industries in the UK.

    Fraught and unwilling the partnership may often be, but work is a relationship of the employed and the employer based on mutual dependence – neither can function without the other. In grown-up societies – ie ones in which employers aren’t playing beggar-my-neighbour and unions aren’t trying to fight the battles of half a century ago – people actually sit down and talk these things out, to mutual advantage.

    As we have been reminded year after year, ‘win-win’ solutions are simply not in the lexicon of the RMT, the DfT and certain TOCs*. And the consequence is… we all lose.

    * As a Londoner I must give a dishonourable mention here to the perpetually late and definitely unlamented Connex, which accused its customers of lying when they complained about its unreliable services; GoVia Thameslink, which has made it abundantly clear that it shares its contempt equally between its staff and its customers; and SWR, which since it took over from SWT has been hell-bent on destroying the latter’s largely positive legacy. But I’m sure there are many other deserving candidates for the Rail Dysfunctionality Award.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | June 2, 2020 | Reply

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