About 60 people there, three-quarters of them station staff, the rest other grades. So an OK turnout, but not as ‘mass’ as a mass meeting might have been. Had it been held before the National Executive had decided what to do with LUL’s offer, then loads more people would have come, because they would have seen a point in coming to a meeting that might actually affect what the union did. As it was, the meeting simply discussed what the union had already done. Although the referendum was still going on, the leadership had pretty much cast the die already.
Bob Crow basically delivered an ultimatum. You can reject this deal if you like, but you would then have to have an indefinite all-out strike, lose most of the union’s membership, starve yourselves, re-mortgage your house and sell your children into slavery. (OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the message.) Other platform speeches were a mix of the patronising and the honest-but-defeatist.
Most contributions from the floor of the meeting opposed the deal, for reasons that Tubeworker has already gone into at length.
Everyone knows that the union has made a series of mistakes during this campaign, but after this meeting, Tubeworker felt that the union’s leadership is making rank-and-file members and activists pay the price for its own mistakes.