Monday, June 06, 2005

Mon 6 June - Industrial dispute...

According to the Connex guys there's another industrial dispute that will be affecting services - the 07:49 is cancelled but that could be unrelated. Just found it on The Age website.

The 07:14 arrives on time - thankfully only two more train trips to go, since I'm out tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I had the pleasure of arriving at Murrumbeena this morning to catch my train. I have no issue with trains running late (I'm used to that!) or industrial disputes (I'm used to that too!). What I have issue with is the pathetic (actually 'pathetic' suggests some at all), rather NON-EXISTENT level of communication coming out of Connex. Our fares now pay for two muppets to stand at the station who have NO idea what is happening on the line, and an SMS alerts system that was silent this morning.

Connex: have you ever heard of a phone? They were invented a number of decades ago, and allow people to get IMPORTANT information to other people. You should try them!

Connex: Another marvel of modern technology is the P.A. system (that's "Public Address"). Perhaps you could use it.. I know there is one there because you have used it before to tell me to validate my ticket (grrr!). If you stopped keeping people in the dark then they might be a little more likely to accept it when things go wrong on the line (which is destined to happen from time to time).

I think the problem is that Connex doesn't take it seriously that people actually rely on the train system to make a living. What do you think would happen if they were made accountable for the millions of $$$ that were lost this morning in people getting to work late. I would think that the pithy little signalman who got up on the wrong side of the bed would have simply gotten is butt gently kicked and got told to stop being a baby.

The bigger problem, however, is the level of apathy in the average Melbourne commuter. The idea of standing up for our rights, and trying to get something done about this pathetic excuse for a train system is just too hard for an apathetic public. COME ON PEOPLE! Stand up! Make MORE Noise!!! Enough of a public voice WILL force people to fix this!

06 June, 2005 09:44  
Anonymous Evan said...

Seriously, anonymous, what is wrong with you? If I had a manager harassing me, I wouldn't want to be working with them. It doesn't matter what their job is, they shouldn't be working with them.

But of course, being sympathetic to worker's rights would invalidate your argument, and we couldn't have that, could we?

06 June, 2005 16:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

evan - are you referring to the signal man that the whole dispute was about? Who was late - often, and by all accounts not a very reliable worker who would fall back and use the union as a shield for a poor work ethic?
He was making a play to save his job, and the unions lapped up being told to stay out as it the signalman had brought it on himself, which just made them bark louder. And we all suffered for it. Symapthetic to workers rights?!?!?!? Give us a break. Thousands of workers had to give up the right to get to work on time for this joker.

08 June, 2005 09:39  

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