LU Managing Director Mark Wild informed staff in an Employee Bulletin this morning that Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths would be stepping down.
Tubeworker is pleased to publish this poem we've been sent, written to mark the occasion by E. J. Thribb, an Operational Apprentice aged 17½.
So. Farewell then,
Whose departure as LU Chief Operating Officer was announced today.
We'll surely miss
The private-sector sensibility you brought
From your previous role at Virgin Atlantic.
We're sorry you're leaving
Having recently had to suffer the ignominy
Of a total shutdown on stations
Which forced you and your managerial colleagues
Into several embarrassing climbdowns.
And who can forget
The time when, during a dispute over job cuts,
You took to the media
To decry the idea that a union might demand
The hiring of "even more staff".
That continues to be our aim
Although in your case
Our readers will understand if we don't lament
There being one member of staff fewer.