The latest expenses from TfL show an expense from Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy of £450 for a "working lunch".
Tubeworker isn’t suggesting the expense is improper; although we reckon we spend, at most, £5 a day on lunch or dinner whilst at work, so £450 would buy us meals for three months. And our meal break is unpaid, despite needing to eat to have the energy to get through the day and sell our labour back to the boss.
LUL plans to cut hundreds of jobs, and all ticket offices are being shut, to save cash. This is at the expense of passengers who need them most such as the elderly and disabled people. At a time when LUL claims it so desperately needs to cut costs that it will reduce services in this way, why spend so much for a "working lunch"? It seems inappropriate and unfair to those of us losing our jobs or losing out as "Fit for the Future" is implemented, and it demonstrates the lie that there isn't money available.
There is money, it seems, but it is money for bosses' working lunches, not workers' jobs.