Monday, 9 February 2009

Boris Johnson gets in a spin over 'no pay snow day'

Blimey that was quick Boris. It was only an hour ago that we all read this:

Sky News: Tube Fury Over No Pay Snow Day

"London Underground staff are fuming after learning they will not be paid for missing work last Monday when the capital was paralysed by snow."

And before you know it we're all reading this:

Evening Standard: Boris won’t dock pay of snowed-in Tube staff after all

I particularly enjoyed this spluttering reply to the Standard:

"The Mayor has absolutely no intention of penalising anyone who failed to get to work due to last week's exceptional weather."

And I'm absolutely confident that he hasn't. At least not now that everyone knows about it.


Stu said...

I don't think I've ever seen Boris get so much stick for something in the Evening Standard. Even the comments section is full of criticism. What's going on over there?

Mark Lee said...

Now Wadley's out, who knows what's possible?

Aside from much mirth at Boris's dizzying u-turns, I am actually a bit cheesed off at the fact that workers who didn't turn up will get paid. Most companies have a clause that says that any days like that would have to be taken as annual leave if you can't make it in. Otherwise what incentive do people have to make any effort whatsoever to get into work? "Ooh, there's a bit of ice on my windscreen, better play it safe and not go in"

It will be interesting to see if they manage to get the reported 95% attendance next time there's heavy snowfall, or if more people just bunk the day off to make snowmen. Boris has set a tricky precedent.

Has Boris got round to admitting that the no strike agreement is unworkable yet?

AdamB said...

Mark - I don't think he has even mentioned those three words since coming into power. I do wonder whether he even believed it was possible himself when he proposed it during the campaign.

You make a good point about the precedent. There's not going to be any reason for tube workers to come in next time around when they've been guaranteed an extra day's paid holiday. Again, I wonder if he considered that this afternoon, or whether he was just thinking about the headlines in the freesheets.

Helen said...

Wowsers, talk about knee-jerk reactions!

prj45 said...

Maybe Boris's approach to a no strike deal is just this, roll over when there's ever any sign of potential conflict...

Tom said...

Just asked the missus, who has a fairly conventional private sector office job in a large multinational, and she didn't have to take the day off as leave. I'd be very disappointed in companies that did force you to, actually.

I think the difference is if you're actually *advised* not to travel it's unfair to expect it to come out of your leave. In the case of TfL workers, this was doubly true, since being advised not to travel meant there was less chance of them actually being able to travel!