So the games gravy train continues for our humble vested interests. Today its announced that drivers on the Heathrow express will be receiving a £700 bonus for doing their jobs during the Olympics. This of course follows the tube driver deal and the national rail driver deals which have seen similar incentive payments for doing ones job.
In all this one feels a little sorry for the humble London bus driver holding out for his £500 incentive to turn up for work payment . The Heathrow express is always empty. There is no additional workload all the driver does it go from Heathrow non-stop to Paddington. That’s it. So it’s just a bribe.
Bus drivers will instead by coping with millions of tube outcasts (ordinary Londoners trying to work for a living), numerous traffic restrictions (so the 4,000 olympic VIP BMWs can create their own congestion) and lots of complaining and violent passengers and nutters (every day on the bus).
Frankly I don’t see why anybody should get these payouts but it’s the nature of the beast when you bring a ridiculous circus to town whose entire raison d’etre is to create its own gravy train of corporate contracts and advertising opportunities that the lower orders in vital services start trying to grab a piece of the action.
The current policy for the games in London seems to be one of hope. Hope that everyone who actually lives in London will somehow disappear leaving a lovely playground for the Olympic VIPs to play about in.
I reckon ordinary Londoners should go on strike from living until we get all get free travel cards and compensation for the month of disruption we will have to suffer this summer.
Hey we only want a fair deal which represents the vital contribution we make every day to London during these historic games...