Guest 23 May 12, 13:34
Sadly this is not just confined to the train drivers. I have been reading this week that the bus drivers want more money for working during the Olympics as well, simply because they will be "busier". Does it make a difference to the bus driver whether his bus is full, or empty? Maybe it would if he had to get out and push it, but all he does is drive it. It makes no difference at all.
In any other job, you have to work through the busy periods and don't expect more money to do so. In my job, we are not even allowed to take time off during the "high season", and we dont complain.
It's not like they are being forced to do overtime, for which they would of course be paid extra. They are simply demanding more money for doing their normal job.
I think this is because they have seen the tube drivers demand, and win, more money, so they want some of the action too. That is what happens when you give into blackmail. They see that you are weak and come back for more. The Mayor should never have given into the tube drivers in the first place, it was a very silly decision.