Holloway Road stabbing: Heroes and Villains

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Thu, 16/02/2006 - 19:53,

Tubeworker tips our hat to the staff at Holloway Road station who, on Wednesday evening, saved the life of a 21-year-old man who had been viciously stabbed.

Management tipped their hat too. But unfortunately, they didn't manage to show up in person until 7 o'clock the following morning (the stabbing took place at 23:20). So the station staff had to deal with the incident - and with their own trauma - without any back-up from a manager.

For goodness sake, management is the only over-staffed grade on the stations, yet you still can't get hold of one on the rare occasion where they might actually be useful. The RMT has rightly demanded a meeting with LUL at the highest level to discuss this appalling failure and to ensure that it never happens again.

Meanwhile, the Evening Standard tipped its hat so graciously that it put our workmates' heroism on its front page. However, it somehow omitted to mention that these very same heroes were its villains of the month in January, for going on strike. And while it (rightly) claimed that the incident was proof of the need for greater staffing levels on rail and Tube stations, it conveniently forgot to explain how this squared with its hysterical denunciations of RMT's strike action to defend staffing levels just a few weeks ago.

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