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British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, PPP, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability, Systems |

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Britain’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has launched a Better London Transport campaign to improve services for passengers in ways that also protect staff jobs, terms and conditions.

The union says it supports “change that means better customer experience, improved reliability, accessibility, environmental sustainability, safe transport hubs, increased capacity, integrated services and greater say for users and workers in how the service is delivered”.

But TSSA also exposed what it says is a leaked document indicating that London Underground plans to close the ticket offices at all 268 of its stations, and the union warned:

“Every job matters and we will not be sitting back and allowing our ticket offices to be decimated on our watch.

“The company recently launched their ‘Every Journey Matters’ rhetoric trying to tell us this is genuine staff engagement on how London Underground will look and be shaped in the future. … But it looks like the real decisions have already been taken in secret.”

TSSA also believes its aims for better services are  incompatible with privatisation, and that public private partnerships “have proved very costly failures”.

The Better London Transport campaign was launched at an event with Labour’s shadow minister for London, Sadiq Khan, MP,  London Assembly member Murad Qureshi, Zara Todd of Transport for All (which campaigns on behalf of people with disabilities), and the journalist (and candidate for London Mayor) Christian Wolmar.

With Khan’s support, TSSA has also launched a petition against further fare increases, claiming “London has the most expensive commuter travel in the world”.

 

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