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Posted - 10 January 2017 20:42
Presumbly easier to train as bus driver than train driver. I appreciate there is some TfL control of buses but aren't they different operating companies and more competition compared to trains/underground.
Posted - 11 January 2017 16:09
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Thought it was 22 weeks to train a tube driver?

Thinking hypothetically, in order to ensure that there are no strikes you'd need a sufficient supply of standby drivers to mean that they could constantly run sufficient services in the event of a strike. Nothing to say that if they pay new drivers a lower base, that they won't then go on strike for better wages.
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Posted - 11 January 2017 16:09
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Posted - 11 January 2017 16:14
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Penrose you can apply to become a bus driver directly but to become a tube driver you have to have joined as a platform attendant and worked your way up and so the unions effectively control the number of applicants for train driving jobs.

I think as well as there being far more bus operators there are more unions covering bus drivers so no single union can manage to shut down the network by striking on its own.
Posted - 11 January 2017 17:31
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yes the unions have a deal so you can never be a member of the public and apply to be a tube driver - they only recruit for those internally
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Posted - 11 January 2017 18:22
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Yes there is no way as a member of the public to apply to be a tube train driver. You have to join TfL then apply internally. Although TfL makes the decision I suspect that the union members in management make sure that their members get through selection ahead of non-union members of staff. You have to remember that most of the TfL management are also union members and I suspect it's only very senior management who aren't.