Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tube strike quiz: Only two of the following excuses given for strike action on the London Underground are true. I wonder if you can tell which two they might be? (n.b. 'true' is not necessarily the same as 'justified')
Drivers on the Northern line are to strike because a 35 hour working week is far too strenous.
Drivers on the Metropolitan line are to strike because 52 days annual holiday just isn't enough, poor lambs.
Drivers on the Victoria line are to strike because they were all replaced by computers ten years ago.
Drivers on the Waterloo & City line are to strike because driving backwards and forwards between the same two stations all day is so incredibly boring.
Drivers on the Piccadilly line are to strike in a row over the demotion of a driver for passing red signal lights.
Drivers on the Jubilee line are to strike in protest at having one of their trains repainted to support London's Olympic bid.
Drivers on the Hammersmith & City line are to strike to demand that their line be reassigned any colour other than pink.
Drivers on the East London line are to strike because they fancy a day off to go to the January sales.
Drivers on the District line are to strike in protest at appalling facilities at Earl's Court station.
Drivers on the Circle line are to strike because all that going round and round makes them giddy.
Drivers on the Central line are to strike because Bob Crow fancies some publicity.
Drivers on the Bakerloo line are to strike because being a tube driver means either clocking on before 5am or clocking off after 1am, spending your shift stuck inside in a cramped cab, coping with stroppy passengers who insist on holding the doors open, working weekends, risking dodgy track maintenance, coping when people throw themselves off the platform in front of your train... and because quite frankly you wouldn't put up with it either.
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