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Published: Feb 16 , 2017
Author: Robin Copland

I have been an interested (though fortunately not involved) bystander watching the protracted negotiations between Southern Rail, the train operating company (TOC) that runs the services for a large part of “commuter-land” in the south of England and the trade unions representing the train drivers and guards. This is simplistic, but if you live to the south of London and commute into the city to work, then the chances are that you use a Southern Rail train to do so. No Southern Rail trains? Chaos. Simple as that...

Published: Dec 20 , 2012
Author: Robin Copland

When is a negotiation not a negotiation? When both parties involved admit that on the one substantive issue involved, there is no movement. Here’s the story. In March this year, a ticket inspector working for ScotRail, the main provider of train services in Scotland (I suppose you might argue that the clue is in the name!) reduced a passenger to tears. This was a first on Britain’s railways; normally it is late-running trains and cancellations that reduce passengers to tears, but on this occasion, sadly for Scott Lewis, the ticket inspector involved, he had got the whole thing completely wrong....

Published: Mar 29 , 2012
Author: Robin Copland

London 2012 has negotiators flexing their muscles all over the capital as we approach the final run-up to the Games. In The Times of Friday 23 March, I read that the head of the RMT union, Bob Crow, has broken off talks with the London Underground management team at the UK conciliation service ACAS. The RMT is the union that represents tube workers’ interests. The union is threatening strike action as a result of the latest proposals from the management team...

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