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Why TFL train drivers should never be allowed to strike

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Last week train drivers' union Aslef announced that they were striking, though this was averted, it did leave millions of Londoners anxious. As someone who uses the tube regularly, I strongly believe that TfL tube drivers should never have the option to strike in the first place.

TFL is an essential service in the city. They need as many train drivers as possible working on a full-time basis in order to cope with the huge demands the capital's large population. A lot of people in London rely heavily on trains on a day-to-day basis to get them where they need to go, whether it would be for work-related, educational or social purposes.

Central London, especially during peak times is almost impossible to drive around. Therefore it's much more convenient to take the tube to stations such as Kings Cross St. Pancras that are in close proximity to a lot of the city's biggest attractions, not to mention having several links to different underground lines.

The tube also works out cheaper than black cabs and Ubers (depending on distance) and can take you from A to B at a very fast speed. The links from North to South and East to West London have been made better by TFL's underground, overground, DLR and TfL rail services. 

With strikes, drivers are potentially denying a worker a day's wages, a student an essential lesson at school or somebody attending a friend's birthday party; the list goes on. They simply cannot deny potentially millions of people being able to fulfill the day they planned for their own selfish reasons.

I'm a student at City, University of London, around ten minutes walk from Farringdon Tube, yet I live in Eastcote in West London. I cannot drive (yet) and I simply don't have enough money to have someone to drive me to university every day, so my only option is the Tube.

I get a Metropolitan line train (it is worth mentioning that these trains hold the highest potential capacity) from Eastcote Station to Farringdon Station and walk to the university from there. For 9 am lectures I can leave my house as early as 7:30 am and still potentially turn up late, due to various issues like signal failures or defective trains.

I don't let any of these disruptions get to me and I still try my best to get to the destination I need, as I imagine a lot of other people in London do. So if we Londoners put up with these disruptions on a day-to-day basis, why should we be okay with train drivers striking?

Most strikes come about due to demand for higher pay. Firstly, you have to do your job if you want to get paid, which means not striking. Secondly, you have to be good at your job in order to earn more money. I am a strong believer that if you consistently show you work hard and are good at your job you will get the recognition eventually, and usually this is a higher pay. 

Firstly, you have to do your job if you want to get paid, which means not striking. Secondly, you have to be good at your job in order to earn more money. I am a strong believer that we live in a meritocracy if you consistently show you work hard and are good at your job you will get the recognition eventually, and usually, this is a higher pay. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big admirer of the TfL Underground and Overground system and I believe that London has the best transport links of any major city in the world. It amazes me that you can get from one side of London to another in very quick time, and that is a credit to the train drivers that are actually working hard to satisfy the London public.

I'm also a big admirer of the introduction of the Night Tube service, and I know that those drivers who probably don't want to do those particular shifts are working their hardest to make sure that the people of this city get home safely. I would love the Night Tube to be extended to Eastcote Station though, but that's another story!

 

 

 

  

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