What has happened to the RMT? Far from being tough, the demands, the insults and the hissy fits from the unionists are more reminiscent of supermodels having a credit card strop than dedicated professionals. Listening to the injured tone of the RMT negotiator, the flouncing hissy fits of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista spring to mind.Tube drivers won’t get out of bed for less than £136 a day before tax! Most RMT members are on £50K a year. (For full details of RMT pay scale click here. ) That’s before the 28 days holiday a year, (directors get 52 days) 5 day week and ability to choose their own hours are added to the package. It’s all “We want!” and most of all “Me, me, me!” (details of RMT benefits are here.) How can you be so mean to us? is the unspoken message in the resentful gaze of RMT officials. We aren’t demanding! All we want is loadsa money for our members and the perfect job in every detail for pushing a few buttons. We want work/life guarantees. And pay rises of up to 25% over 5 years!
No wonder Boris Johnson, as Ken Livingstone did, is leaving the talks to the City Hall negotiators. The way things are going, if they don’t get what they want, they might burst into tears and sob all over his manly chest. Or even need a hug.
Every RMT appearance hammers home the harsh truth. The unions have lost all touch with reality. They have no idea how tough life is for millions and how most are just glad at the end of the month to break even. Union speak of representing working people, when it is obvious the days when that happened are long gone.
When told that their strikes are hurting the poorest, costing London millions and sending small businesses to the wall, the callous response is “That’s the point, isn’t it!” Train drivers are at the top of pay scale, but if you say there are people far more worthy than them of a pay rise, like carers, the reaction is “That’s their tough luck! We’ve got the leverage.” They strike because they can. Untouched by the harsh realities of life, the diva tantrums are because they have actually come to believe their own PR.
Demanding. Untalented. Narcissistic. Selfish. But the unions believe they have the right to dictate. If they don’t get everything they want, London will pay. What baby wants, baby gets. Because she’s worth it.