Tube maintenance should be brought back 'in house'
Green Party Principal Speaker Dr. Derek Wall today voiced his support for the Metronet tube workers
I think a lot of people just hate the fact that London is crippled by a tube strike and don't understand why it is occuring.
Essentially Metro net a private firm took control of the running of a couple of tube lines and then later went into receivership....workers were terrified that they would lose pensions and jobs would be cut.
Unfortunately a big feature of rule by Gordon Brown is the PFI system where private firms running public services and to make a profit sweat their costs through cuts in jobs and the quality of service, contracts get sold on to new companies...its all pretty related to stock market/city moves where people play pass the parcel with debt, work that needs doing and responsibility.
Stock markets rise and private pensions become more valuable from measures that threaten quality of life, jobs, services and environmental quality.
Reversing privatisation and defending from its negative effects involves some pretty robust fighting.
The problem is that the nature of economic activity becomes governed by forces which are increasingly obscure to workers and consumers.