Has there been a new Tube extension built to Australia? Maybe that’s where all the PPP cash went; anyway, we have a new managing Director on his (it’s always his) way from Australia. Mark Wild is leaving his current role as Special Advisor to the Minister and Secretary of The State Government of Victoria to take up the top job at LU.
The company has always argued that its massively inflated senior management salaries are necessary to ensure it can recruit the best bosses. If that's the case, shouldn't there be a suitable candidate from within the existing management ranks? It doesn't reflect particularly well on LU's existing managerial personnel that none of them were considered worthy of the job, causing the company to look to the other side of the world for a candidate!
Tubeworker will be getting on the phone to our comrades in Australian transport unions and asking them for some frontline stories from Mr. Wild's time as head of Melbourne's transport system. If, as we suspect, transport bosses all round the world are cut from pretty much the same cloth, we don't expect them to make for happy reading...
Edited to add:
A reader sent us this link. It confirms our fears!
"The Rail, Tram and Bus Union has also lobbied the government to sack Mr Wild. In June, state secretary Luba Grigorovitch called on Mr Wild to justify his part in Public Transport Victoria's decision to allow Metro Trains to create a labour hire subsidiary company, Sunstone, and award it work without going to tender."
Looks like we'll have some battles with Mr. Wild ahead...