I bet they won't be the only ones profiteering during the Olympics.
I can imagine the prices of all sorts of things will rocket during this time but won't get all the headlines from the papers etc.
I don't agree with what the drivers are doing I think it is wrong but they should not be the only ones getting criticized.
I suppose you could look at this like the old days of Sunday working for double time, and Saturdays and some evenings for time and an half.
When things changed in some cases to 24 hour working patterns for the same hourly pay, some people regarded that they 'had lost out' by this. Perhaps this as now come back to haunt the bosses, while the advantages are there?.
What I can see whatever the case, Rip-Off Britain might now show to be true, and it will not only be the Del-Boys minting it?.
As I said earlier I can't understand why all the other cases are not being jumped on by the papers or is it they only like to criticise workers rather than business owners like Hotels etc that will undoubtedly be doing the same!!!
"London taxi-cab drivers might reduce their fares to help out the forlorn, .."
Seeing would be believing, because if like anywhere else, when the opportunity is there to increase fares, then its usually taken.
A number of years ago, one our our local bus company's discontinued a route, and a taxi company offered to service the route at bus fare prices. Good idea when the peoples carrier or mini-bus was full, but certainly not when the peak hours finished. It didn't take all that long for the taxi company to realise this.
Public spirited it might have been, profit wise, it certainly was not!.
The whole reason behind this strike is greed, pure and simple. Because of the Olympics unions such as the RMT and now Unite feel that they can hold TFL and the Government to ransom by saying, pay us a bonus or we will disrupt London's transport during the games and make the country a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.
It's blackmail, nothing more, nothing less. What extra work will a bus driver have to do during the games that he does not do on a daily basis already? He reports for his shift, takes his bus out full or empty onto London's congested streets every day. He answers questions from tourists already on a daily basis, once his bus is full as it is during the rush hour every day, he can't take any more passengers!
So just what is he asking for a bonus for? The answer is, because the equally greedy tube workers are getting one!
They should stop coming up with ridiculous comments about extra work and stress and just admit they are holding the capital to ransom out of sheer greed!