London has been spared a pointless Underground strike this weekend by the RMT, but we can be sure that the threat of another strike is inevitable.
A new think tank, Progressive Vision has decided that London has had enough of these incessant threats of strikes and decided it is time it is time to do something about it. Last week, they launched a campaign called Keep London Moving, seeking volunteers to step in to help run the Underground in the event of a future strike.
"We believe that if we can provide enough volunteers wishing to keep the Tube operating during the next strike, Transport for London and the unions will not be able to ignore us. We believe that a few thousand volunteers could – in theory – be enough to maintain a service on the Underground if the unions went on strike," says organiser Shane Frith. Presumably the volunteers won't be expected to drive the trains!
Frith continues: "We hope that the volunteers will never be needed and hope that extreme left-wing unions will be deterred by the presence of such a citizens’ campaign. This is an opportunity for Londoners to demonstrate their annoyance with the unions, TfL and appeasing politicians."
The campaign funded by private donations and has no association with TfL, London Underground or any mayoral candidate.