Tube driver clashes with Nick Ferrari over strike
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Caller Charlie rang into LBC and was furious over plans to review tube drivers’ work rota as the night tube is relaunched in London. But Nick Ferrari was less than sympathetic, choosing to attack Charlie and his striking colleague for complaining about having to work differently despite their high salary. The pair went back and forth as Mr Ferrari made snarky comments on Charlie’s work-life balance which riled the caller.
Speaking on LBC, caller Charlie was furious that he and his colleagues were not consulted over the reintroduction of the night tube.
Charlie told Mr Ferrari he would expect some form of consultation if his contract was changed.
Mr Ferrari agreed he would want to be involved in any changes to workload but explained because of the nature of his job he fully expects to be flexible to fit with the news agenda.
He said: “When tragedies strike or whatever it might be and we decide to bring the show forward by half an hour…
“I don’t get involved with fights and go on strike then.
“Of course if it is a big news day I’ll come in early because [it is what I signed up to]”
Mr Ferrari then exclaimed that for the basic tube driver salary, which is £56,496, they could not be bothered to work four nights.
He roared people were “laughing” at people like Charlie.
Nick Ferrari outraged by London night tube driver strikes
Charlie said it was a “race to the bottom” with Mr Ferrari again laughing that the caller was complaining about a salary which was £56,000+.
The tube driver explained his salary and benefits were a result of union action and wanted to “park” the attack on his pay.
Mr Ferrari believed on that amount of money tube drivers were expected to behave in a certain fashion.
The radio host asked whether Charlie would be happy knowing some women could be put in danger because there was no night tube available.
He replied he would not use the night tube and said it was dangerous and would instead pay for a taxi for his daughters to return from a party.
Mr Ferrari noted Charlie was likely able to pay for that because he had a large salary, unlike many others.
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RMT members chose to strike from 4:30am on Friday with further strikes planned until December 18.
The night tube is set to be reintroduced on November 27 but RMT members have been told not to work overnight and to walk out.
The Victoria, Central, Northern, Jubilee, and Piccadilly lines will all be affected by the strike.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan who backed the reintroduction of the night tube said it put women’s lives at risk.
Under the new work rotas, tube drivers would be required to work four night shift weekends a year.
But the RMT says drivers were not consulted on the changes and say travel bosses have not considered the grievances at the heart of the matter.
The RMT has told drivers not to work between 8.30pm Saturday until 4.30am Sunday on the Victoria and Central line when the night tube restarts.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the strike was about “the ripping apart of popular and family-friendly agreements that helped make the original night tube such a success.”
He continued: “Instead the company want to cut costs and lump all drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management.”
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