Tell Us Again How Unions ‘Care So Much About Safety’…

London’s tram drivers could strike over plans to introduce

Daily whippings?

…cameras to check if they are sleeping or distracted.

Wait, what? Who could object?

Transport for London (TfL) is testing a “driver protection device” (DPD) that will set off an alarm if the driver falls asleep after people came forward with video footage of Croydon tram drivers asleep in the cab.

But the Aslef union said that although it supports new measures for safety, its members had not been consulted over the plans to use infrared and facial recognition technology to monitor drivers’ faces.

What’s to consult about? “Here’s some new tech that’ll stop you killing the customers and your damned fool selves. It goes online tomorrow’.”

Finn Brennan, Aslef officer for the tram network, told the Croydon Advertiser: “The decision to choose this system and start to install it without any discussion with staff or trade unions showed complete disregard for the views of their drivers.

We don’t care about their views. We care that they don’t fall asleep at the wheel & kill us.

“Aslef want to see the introduction of new technology that can prevent accidents, but there is no evidence that the system Tramlink are putting in would have done anything to prevent the terrible tragedy at Sandilands.”

There’s no evidence it wouldn’t. QED.

Separately from the DPDs, TfL also plans to install devices to brake automatically if a tram edges over the speed limit.

Are they going to protest about that too? Roll on the day everything’s automated, and we can dispense with their services…

5 comments for “Tell Us Again How Unions ‘Care So Much About Safety’…

  1. Mudplugger
    September 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    It’s perverse that so much effort is put into developing driverless cars, when it would be so much simpler to start with the trains and trams, whose operating range is at least governed by the tracks.
    Then who needs cameras to check if the robot is awake?
    Aslef’s former members will then be able to watch them through the window at the Job Centre.

    • Errol
      September 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      The rail unions continually shout down automated braking at signal boxes. You know, the thing every single country on earth uses to – at a red sign stop the vehicle – our unions reject it.

      Frankly the sooner we automate the tube the better. I’d pay anything for that. Then, when the entire workforce finds itself unemployed it can be reminded of the number of times it threatened our jobs.

      • September 24, 2017 at 8:15 am


  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    September 22, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The DLR works like ‘clockwork’ and no elf’n’safety ishoos niver.

    • September 24, 2017 at 8:14 am

      But it also often has one token ‘driver’….

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