Backing Down from Attack on Disabled Passengers

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 16:30,
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When the Tory Government held a gun to the head of TfL and made them sign a bailout deal last week, one thing they had in their sights was disabled people's Freedom Passes.

Yes, in true Tory style, they declared that they would consider restricting the times at which disabled people could use their Freedom Passes to travel. So disabled workers - already paid on average significantly less than non-disabled workers - would have to either pay to travel during the peak or be late for work and face the consequences.

Not surprisingly, this provoked objections from disabled people's organisations, supported by disabled Tube workers through our unions.

And within a week, TfL management were issuing reassurances that disabled people's Freedom Passes would not be restricted.

Instead, they have older people's Freedom Passes in their sights. Perhaps loud objections will push them back on this as well.

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