|A topical comment from Brussels|
The very sad press release below from RMT needs no additional comment, but locally in Peterborough Cllrs Seaton and Shearman could now hold a 'black tie' local celebration after their little 'altercation' coyly written up in the local newspaper.
Perhaps its the way the world is going, something nasty delivered, then celebrate it? Word is sponsorship is being sought for the raw steaks to cover any potential shiners ? Where is Butcher Brown when you need him?
We could also have another celebration, a very discreet candlelight dinner (sponsored of course) for two, marking the inept very public attempted canning of the Willow Festival? (Don't worry folks its back, see our extended and updated story on the latest council debacle)
TUBE UNION RMT today slammed the “disgusting and obscene spectacle” of nearly 50 senior TFL managers decked out in black-tie regalia at Mayfair’s luxury RAF Club as they celebrated the completion of a massive cuts programme that axes 800 safety-critical station staff and trashes 289 tube ticket offices.
In a gloating bulletin circulated to staff the management report the following:
“FftFS Team Celebrate Successful Completion
Almost 50 people from the FftFS (Fit for the Future Stations) team spent an enjoyable evening in the luxurious setting of the RAF Club in Piccadilly as they celebrated the successful completion of the main ticket office closure programme.
All 289 ticket offices were closed, within budget, in an immense team effort throughout 2015.
Mike Bracken, Head of Fit for the Future Delivery Team, spoke of the dedication and commitment of the team and congratulated everyone for their achievement.
“The team enjoyed a three course meal in a private dining room at the RAF Club and a good time was had by all.””
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “It's frankly obscene that nearly fifty senior TFL managers treated themselves to a slap-up beano at the luxurious RAF Club in the heart of the West End to celebrate the axing of 800 safety-critical jobs and the smashing up of London's tube ticket offices. The union is demanding to know whether some of all of the cost of this disgusting spectacle was funded by the taxpayer?
“While TFL is talking about further cuts of over £2 billion that would devastate safety and services it is a massive kick in the teeth for the staff across the combine to receive bulletins from the management gloating about their axe-swinging antics. RMT members are furious that while they are being stretched to breaking point the top brass are out on a jolly in a luxury, private members club in Mayfair.”
TRIBNOTE: The RMT Union has it slightly wrong, all serving and past members of the Royal Air Force [RAF] may join the RAF Club. Mr Bray senior (some 30 years ago) secured the freehold for the RAF Club, for the membership.
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