So they've just announced that the night tube is being postponed. The bloke in the posters hasn't taken it very well. Hope he's ok?
Through times of hardship, we usually come out with wonderful examples of perseverance, and the Tube strike is a prime example... But the real winner here - the biggest victory of them all - is the re-emergence of good old British queuing.
The tube strike taking place in London has definitely been a big topic of conversation this week, especially today. Many of our simple journeys to work today will be like journeys from hell, the buses will be jam-packed and have us feeling like we are in a tin of sardines. I am not surprised that people will be unhappy with the tube drivers for all the inconvenience they will face.
Power-crazed organisations coercing government to enact policy against the will of the people and subverting democracy - so runs the popular left-wing critique of big corporations in the corrupt, neoliberal world. There's truth to it in places, but it's major failing of many that they feel to see some of the same issues with unions.
No one likes or enjoys their commute in whatever form it takes. No one likes being stuck in endless traffic as learner drivers slam on the brakes at random, or being sat on yet another late train, or dealing with a broken bike chain, or a hobbling on a blister on your heel making each step agony.
The unions rejected this fair offer outright and instead demanded more money, the hiring of even more staff - including for ticket offices that customers no longer use - and a 32 hour, four day week. No employer can afford to meet those sorts of demands.
Every time there's a Tube strike, Londoners seem to find their Dunkirk spirit. We put hate to one side and dig deep. We repeatedly hear of amusing commutes, we see funny viral images and memes popping up all over the place. People talk to each other. Keep calm and carry on. This resilience and levity is something we need to remember to in the build-up to yet another strike. There are a lot of reasons, serious, legitimate and convincing ones, to both agree and disagree with striking Tube workers. Yet there's always an emotion underpinning the thoughts of non-Tube staff: Envy.
For a Mayor who under-invested to improve London's ageing infrastructure yet had no issues in investing in new vanity ideas such as the air line and the garden bridge, the approach to TfL negotiations should be expected. As he abandons the office, he does not have to deal with the consequences.
As an entrepreneur, I believe that safe, fair competition is ultimately good for the consumer, and likely to expand the market in which it occurs - to the benefit of all. Disruptive new entrants can be a force for good, forcing others to up their game and creating a better overall experience. However, for that to happen a level regulatory playing field, where everyone knows where they stand, is essential.
So I am to spend the final throes of being 23 trundling slowly through revolving doors like some illiterate, gaping bovine waiting for a lobotomy that...
Tt is clearly no longer acceptable for a few militant trade union leaders to regularly seek to squeeze yet more money out of the hard-pressed London taxpayer and fare payer. London is a great city but its position as a services capital of the world is fragile and dependant on it remaining a convenient place to do business.
It is simply outrageous that management, in a mad dash to bulldoze through the night running stunt, has seen fit to smash apart long-term agreements and resorted to bullying staff into accepting roster changes at a local level and the message from RMT and our sister unions is clear - we are not having it.
The planned strike on London Underground from late afternoon on Wednesday 8 July will cause big disruption to the people and economy of London. It is also totally unnecessary.
The mainstream media has been quick to dust-off the hackneyed cliché of the tanned, well-fed, well-paid train driver holding London to ransom at any opportunity to chisel money out of TfL. To describe the dispute in this way is to do a disservice to readers: fundamentally, it has little to do with the money on offer ...
A decade on from 7/7 its a day that has and is shaping things to come for my generation as we all continue to feel it's consequences - but difficulties often prove to be the most testing of times, pushing you to make choices and the 7th of July 2005 was a difficult day for London.
On 8 July 2005 I opened a copy of The Times and was disturbed to see a familiar face staring back at me from the front page. For a few minutes I struggled to work out why I knew this man. Then I realized it was a photograph taken on an assignment I had been on and I had interviewed the leader of Britain's first suicide bombers.