From the TUC

#TubeStrike: Why I’ll be striking over compulsory all-night shifts

05 Aug 2015, By Guest

I’m a ticket officer and station assistant on London Underground, and I’ll be taking 24 hour strike action this evening alongside members of my union, TSSA, and unions representing other tube staff, ASLEF, RMT and Unite. We’re in dispute over the move to all-night running at weekends, starting in September.

That’s not because we oppose all night trains at weekends. They’re a great idea, and will give London a real boost. What we oppose is the way this is being rushed in to meet political aims, without thought for tube workers’ family lives, and without the negotiation that could help find a fairer way.

I currently work 35 to 40 hours a week, doing shifts of 7 1/2 hours. Currently they start as early as 5am, and finish as late as 1am. The changes London Underground Ltd wants won’t mean me working more hours, but they will alter my shift patterns, making me work more unsocial hours to cover the new all-night shifts, some of which would be 12 hours long.

Along with many others, I’m being reclassified as a ‘supervisor’. That basically means the new night shifts will be compulsory and non-negotiable, and many of us will have to do solo staffing of stations as staff are stretched out to cover.

My wife and I have two boys and a girl, aged 15, 12 and 4. Between us, we’ve worked out a pattern that lets me be home to look after the kids, whilst my wife works evenings from 5pm to 9pm. It often feels that my wife and I don’t see enough of each other, but we need the two incomes.

This will only get worse under the new terms. I can take my eldest son to RAF cadets, and my daughter to her karate class in the evenings, but the new days I have to work could put paid to that. Our childcare costs will go up too, and evening childcare is especially expensive.

My colleagues and I are worried about safety, and what it’ll mean for the tube service itself. Depending on rotas, we may have to work 7 shifts in a week, and only be guaranteed a 12 hour gap between an all-night shift and our next shift. If I’m the only one at the station, that responsibility is worrying if I’ll be tired – what if someone’s taken ill on the platform, or a drunken disturbance, if I’m tired-out and working a station alone? I’m also likely to see more verbal or physical abuse on all-night services, which is a big concern.

I voted to strike as I want to see this change introduced fairly, and this is really our last option. I don’t take the decision lightly. It disrupts the service I work hard to provide every day, and will inconvenience the passengers who rely on us. I can’t see us getting a fair hearing in the press, and it’s worrying to think what friends and customers will hear about us. It’ll mean losing a day’s pay too, which is always a concern when money is tight.

But if LU press ahead with these compulsory changes it’s going to be terrible for my family, and that’s my bottom line. The kids are growing up fast and I don’t want to miss out. I’m worried I’ll be too tired to spend quality time with them because of chopping and changing between early morning, late evening and all-night shifts.

I think a lot of it is just politics – the Mayor shouldn’t have promised a start date for night trains before negotiating fair shift arrangements with staff. He doesn’t want to admit he messed up, so he’s making out we’re the ones to blame.

I don’t object to night working, but these things have to be done fairly and with an awareness of the impact they’ll have on workers’ lives. Anyone would feel the same if their boss suddenly expected them to work all night.

So if our industrial action makes your life difficult today, I’m sorry, honestly. It’s not our intention. But these changes will do that for us every day, week in, week out, and this strike is the only way we can make our employer listen to our call for a fairer solution. Please support us – Share this message if you can, or offer your support if you see a picket line – it will mean a lot to us.

139 Responses to #TubeStrike: Why I’ll be striking over compulsory all-night shifts

  1. Mike
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:22 pm

    You are living the lifestyle of someone far above your station, and don’t want that to change. An equivalently skilled job such as a bus driver or street cleaner has a far worse lifestyle than you, and you are incredibly lucky not to be in that situation. It’s not fair to take money in tube fares from these people that are much poorer, but actually equally as skilled, as you in order to support a lifestyle appropriate for a doctor or engineer.

  2. Marked
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:28 pm

    Mike, I’m not lucky, I worked hard to get my job (only one out of 2000 applicants gets it), to train for it, and even harder – to keep it. One minor mistake and my job is gone or worse – I’m in prison. All National Rail operators earn as much as I do, most earn more. Pilots, who have in a way similar job to mine, earn much more. You know nothing about my education (in fact, I am certain that I have a higher degree than you do) or that of my colleagues, or what I actually do and what is expected from me in my job.

  3. Ed
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:42 pm

    Pilots work at night.

  4. EG
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:44 pm

    I understand why you’re striking, but you need to think about the impact that it will have on the 10 million commuters coming in and out of London. Also, now people that aren’t even working, that maybe have paid good money to see a show for a birthday or go out for a meal with their family will have to pay so much money for a cab and might not even get there. And to be honest, I read online that station workers get 50 days off a year, which is lucky. My sister’s a doctor and she barely gets and damage 10 million (or more) people’s days for them. I easter off – and she does night shifts at least once a week. You’re lucky, if not on par, with these people who have no eligibility to strike because people could die, but you can strike. I understand your reason but be a bit more considerate. Another example – I’m in school at the moment and we’re supposed to be in school by 8:25 – somebody in my lesson arrived at 11:00 because he was late because of a strike back in May/June. He missed a practice exam and an important lesson that day.

  5. EG
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:45 pm

    sorry for my bad grammar my laptop’s playing up.

  6. Shelly
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:55 pm

    “…far above your station.”…really, Mike? The last century called and wants you back. “Lifestyles” are not “appropriate” for someone employed in any profession over anyone in any other profession. Don’t degrade people who work in service professions and assign your archaic ideologies to their lives.

  7. Chris
    Aug 5th 2015, 6:56 pm

    I understand and support your strike. I am astonished that the whole 24hr plan wasn’t talked about with the people who perform the job. Who does this?

  8. The_truth?
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:03 pm

    Doctors and nurses, as it seems to me (from the comments), are way worse of… tube workers should fight for better salaries and better work hours for NHS workers. I’m serious!

  9. Dominic Warwick
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:14 pm

    With all due respect, seeing some of the station staff – it makes me wonder how they even got the job in the first place. Particularly with some of the announcements from station staff. A lot of them have such heavy accents – from wherever their original origins are from – they are almost ineligible.
    The tube station I live at, for the past 3 days on entering and exiting the station, there have been 2 or sometimes 3 station staff just standing around chatting with each other, not paying any attention to the public or engaging in any way.
    Your on a good salary. You get 52 days a year holiday – far more than most other employment sector , you get zone1-6 travel pass card for you + 1 other family member.
    Yes I understand you may get a lot of flack from some vile members of the public, but your so well protected and represented its untrue!
    Its about time employees of LU pulled their heads out of the sand and appreciated more what they do have. Otherwise Im sure any other of those 1999 people who didnt get selected for the position that time would glady take up the offer…….

  10. CM
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:18 pm

    I work for the ambulance service, 12 hour shifts, days and nights, we can expect 1 and only half hour break 7.5 hours into our shift, one mistake, and we can be dismissed, or prison, it doesnt matter if we are “tired” or a bit “stressed” this comes with the job I cannot agree with your strike action as even with the new proposed shift pattern, is still better than many many many others. and earn a hell of alot more than most.

  11. john ballard
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:26 pm

    Dominic your not a racist are you by any chance ? Your comments are disgusting

  12. Max
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:32 pm

    To all those complaining that tube drivers have it so much better than doctors, nurses etc.., they may well do. Let’s hope they learn from those tube drivers and start organising and demanding conditions as good as those who are striking tomorrow.

    All employees deserve decent standards or work and conditions, don’t settle for mediocrity.

  13. Alex
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:37 pm

    We (doctors) have good working conditions already. We work hard long hours , do nights, weekends, christmas etc , and it’s absolutely fantastic.

    You mis understand the reason for comparison. I cannot understand why they are complaining – I am Happy with my working conditions. There’s are a million times better – why on earth are they complaining?

  14. Marked
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:37 pm

    CM – you have terrible conditions, why don’t you try to find a better job out organise a union to negotiate better conditions for yourself? How exactly is the fact that my job conditions are getting worse going to help you? How is the strike my fault? My contract states that I do not work nights. If my employer wants to break the agreements, am I just supposed to bend over because many other people do? No, thanks. Don’t like it, tough. Hire a helicopter to work and send the bill to Boris

  15. Senua
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:40 pm

    I can see by the comments that the media have sucessfully divided people in this country. Instead of working together for better conditions and pay for all, people moan about how it’s not fair so and so is going on strike. Divide and rule.

  16. Si
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:41 pm

    when these conversation come up, it’s always brought up about the services/nhs/doctors having to do nights etc, did they not sign up for that when they took on the job? The underground workers may have decided on that job because they wouldn’t have to do nights, now being told they have to? Fair?

    How about opening banks on a Sunday?

  17. Derek Instrell
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:41 pm

    If people think being aTrain Driver on Underground is such a great job with great money , why don’t they apply for It, be Interesting to see how far they get, there”s a high failure rate.

  18. Sean
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:50 pm

    To the FY1 doctor who commented. I feel for you; however, you are a SALARIED TRAINEE on that wage. I too am a public servant and did not receive a wage when training and had to fund university myself too.

    Your comments are valid but in FY2 you will still earn more as a trainee and that will be more than a tube worker. After that. You salary goes through the roof as demonstrated:

    Please don’t harp on about how hard done by YOU are, when your FOUNDATION training is salaried. I would imagine that’s why you get rubbish shifts and set holidays; BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL STUDYING AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!

    Thank you….NEXT!

  19. Sian
    Aug 5th 2015, 7:52 pm

    I totally support your right to strike and hope it has the desired effect. I cannot believe people here complaining that your job has better pay and conditions than theirs and somehow thinking this means it’s wrong to fight to maintain those conditions. Why can’t people understand that we should all fight for better working conditions and raise the standards in every industry – not wish worse conditions on others just because they’re what they have to put up with. It is classic divide and rule and the government loves it – all the workers jealous of each other and fighting among themselves! When will people realise that working people (of all professions) need to support each other and fight against the constant erosion of our pay and conditions – instead of wanting to fight each other in a race to the bottom?

  20. Gwynne Roberts
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:19 pm

    If you look at the work patterns of junior doctors you don’t do badly and you also earn more. Get real and get back to work.

  21. Carol Palmer
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:43 pm

    When public sector workers are treated badly by their employers, it gives the private sector employers just the excuse they need to do the same. Strikers lose pay when on strike so do not do it lightly. In other European countries the press and public support strikers because they know that it actually benefits them. Unions are made up of the workers, and it them that decide what action should be taken, if any. Without unions, nobody would have any work rights at all. Just look at the countries that still do not haventhem

  22. Tyler durden
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:44 pm

    I’ll never understand why you don’t just go find another job.

  23. TP
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:47 pm

    I am a 26 year old veterinary surgeon and have been off work since November as I have been diagnosed with cancer. Your last tube strike meant I could not go to my support group for cancer patients because it is across London. And I’m sure it disrupted a lot of other people to a similar degree. The starting salary for a tube driver is twice what it is for a newly qualified vet, plus virtually all vets work a 6 day week, sometimes 7. Plus many have to do night shifts once or twice a week in addition to working the day. If we were to strike our patients would suffer, and as a profession we care about those patients. It was enevitable that the tube was going to go to 24hrs, it’s mad it’s taken until now! Ok it might be annoying for you, but as mentioned by others above there are so many professions that involve such sacrifice that can’t strike because people would be put at risk. If you hate it that much I suggest you look for another career. I’m sure plenty of people would do night shifts for a 50k salary.

  24. Marked
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:51 pm

    Tyler durden – maybe because I love my job?

  25. Marked
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:55 pm

    TP – ” If you hate it that much I suggest you look for another career.”

    Who said I hate it? I love my job unlike most people

    “I’m sure plenty of people would do night shifts for a 50k salary.” I’m sure they would. Whether they would be able and qualified to do my job is another story but you can always give it a go. Apply today, don’t let me stop you.

  26. Lisa
    Aug 5th 2015, 8:58 pm

    I completely support your right to strike. Your pay and conditions have been hard won and need to be fought for. The government and media in this country are one trick ponies, divide and conquer is all they know. Anyone complaining about how their own situation compares unfavourably needs to get off their own backsides, organise and fight for improvements to their own conditions.

  27. TP
    Aug 5th 2015, 9:00 pm

    To be fair after learning about the amount of days off you get each year and the high salary I have considered it! Perhaps once I am done with my treatment I will apply.

  28. Bernadette Russell
    Aug 5th 2015, 9:11 pm

    Thankyou for writing this. Just wanted to say you have my full support.

  29. KA
    Aug 5th 2015, 9:44 pm

    I will be supporting you guys- weather we want a strike or not it is completely wrong for anyone to change your working conditions with no discussions. For those working 9-5 how would you feeling if your boss came in and said from now on you’ll be working 2pm-10pm? Plus as many weekends as they want? I’m sure you’d have none of it!
    From my understanding the 50 days leave you get is made up of 30 days annual leave, the number of bank holidays the rest of us get as standard plus hours off in lieu which you have worked for. Not quite what the media make it out to be.
    For those doctors and nurses, I support you too. You deserve better but this doesn’t take away from these deserving being treated fairly.
    None of this is fair! Don’t turn on each other. Tell Boris. Tell the Government. Tell TFL. Ignore the media.
    These guys don’t want to strike, they lose money and become a public target.

  30. Danny Wright
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:00 pm

    I kind of get where you’re coming from but many companies change shift patterns to suit the needs of their customers. Businesses need to be adaptable to the market, and say when other workers are faced with the problem they don’t throw their toys out of the pram and strike, they either put up with it, or find a more suitable job.

    It sounds like it isn’t the job for you, you should stop whinging and find a job that suits your lifestyle better because it seems that is more important to you.

  31. Mel
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:08 pm

    Thank you for the insight, as a full-time working mum in the corporate sector I completely support your right to strike. It is outrageous that your employer is trying to force you into a new shift pattern without proper consultation to meet their political ideologies. I agree with other commenters and yourself that a more convenient public transport service for London will be a good thing but employees should not be treated like slaves who have to be flexible and put their employer first above their children. And for anyone saying ‘just go and get another job then’ – it’s not that easy! Once you are experienced and qualified in one job role and industry you can’t just get another that pays enough to meet your mortgage and bills in a completely different industry. Essentially many of you who oppose the strikes simple believe that the posh rich boys running the country should be able to do what they like to the rest of us because they are better than us somehow. Well you carry on thinking like that if you want to stay a good little prole but some of us have had enough.

  32. Rob E
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:08 pm

    Jeez these people don’t know how good they have it. As for negotiation… the real world if your employer chooses to change your terms of work they can do, and you like it or leave. As for working nights a couple of weekends a year….get over it! And as for comparing the job to that of a pilot…’re obviously delusional.

  33. Alex
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:39 pm

    1. You have a job and you can feed your family.

    2. You do have legitimate concerns about your safety and your hours but that’s the job you applied for.

    3. Think of what your service is about. A transport service to help OTHERS in need of going from point A to B also during unsociable hours in a SAFER way.

    4. If you choose a job which purpose is to serve public why complain about its nature?

  34. Dee
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:40 pm

    I support the strikers in this – I’m fed up with large companies just changing the terms of a long standing workers employment contract. It is wrong & unjust. If there must be new terms then let those terms be fair!

  35. David
    Aug 5th 2015, 10:56 pm

    John Ballard, why are you accusing Dominic Warwick of being racist and saying his comments are disgusting?
    That is such an cop out and easy accusation to throw around.
    He seems to be making observations
    I sit there clueless in the mornings at Bow Road when announcements are made. Not racist. I just can’t understand what is being announced most of the time.
    Btw I totally support people’s right to strike
    Not so sure about this strike but we must have that right to question and fight for better conditions in the work place.

  36. Tom
    Aug 5th 2015, 11:13 pm

    Alex- did you read anything this guy said? Have you read anything the unions have said?
    1. Yes, he has a job, he appears grateful for that job, I hope you also have a job and you can feed your kids.
    2. I’m glad you recognise he has legitimate concerns for his safety and hours. But what he is now facing is NOT the job he applied for. TfL are trying to change it without any negotiation.
    3. Everyone, including the unions, wants night tube. But what TfL are proposing isn’t safe for many, and they’re not giving a crap about the massive increase of unsociable hours staff are now facing.
    4. David wasn’t complaining about the job he is now doing. It’s the unfair enforced changes that he is complaining about, and is fighting against. That is his democratic right, and I wish him all the best of luck.

  37. RJ
    Aug 5th 2015, 11:26 pm

    I fully support your right to strike and your reasons for doing so and I hate that the right wing press have got working people in this country fighting each other over who has the worst conditions – this should not be a race to the bottom.

    But mostly I’m commenting as a doctor to correct Sean above who thinks that doctors salaries shoot up fast – after 8 years at university and 7 years working after medical school my full salary is under £40,000 because I don’t get a banding supplement – I don’t think that is astronomical! In addition to that I have to pay about £900 a year in various compulsory memberships and if I could afford it I’d be paying another £400 in medical defence insurance (it’s several thousand pounds a year for new GPs). The tories have given me one 1% ‘inflationary’ pay rise in 5 years meaning I’ve taken a large real terms pay cut like many other public servants plus they increased our pension contributions from 6.5% to 14.5% despite our pension being in surplus and the extra money we pay doesn’t even go to save up money for future NHS pensioners, it goes back into general taxation. Doctors do not earn as much as the Govt and Daily Mail would like you to think as they clap their hands in glee that they have public servants fighting each other instead of them. Plus – we do pay for our own university education in the first place and a FY1 trainee already has between 5 and 8 years of university education behind them. Can you show me a job where people walk out of uni fully trained? I hardly think so!

    Good for the tube unions for striking I say. Please learn to attack the government and the London mayor for causing this strike not the people the changes are unfairly affecting.

  38. SKYNET
    Aug 5th 2015, 11:27 pm

    I agree, don’t work nights. Get computers to drive the trains at night rather. It’s ultimately that’s safer than having people do it anyway. Then it’s just a matter of time before the machines take over.

    The Skynet TFL Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online August 4th, 2017. Human decisions are removed from tube train driving. Skynet TFL begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug….

    The rest is history.

  39. Alice
    Aug 6th 2015, 12:38 am

    I fully support the strike and really emphasise with your situation. I am ashamed of people’s brutal harsh and unthoughtfull comments on here. Don’t think they would be saying the same things if they were in your position.

  40. BJ
    Aug 6th 2015, 12:52 am

    Don’t like the terms of your employment? Give the job to someone who really wants and needs it. Stop wrecking everyone else’s lives with your incessant greed.

  41. Affected
    Aug 6th 2015, 1:02 am

    Striking in my view should be illegal. Your actions will cost the City enormous amounts of money in lost revenue. You do understand I hope that you can – like everyone else who are in employment – raise any grievances you may have with your employer through other means than to hold them to ransom by means of strike action? It is incredible that there is still the archaic perception that unions are required to bring through change. I also would be pretty annoyed if my employer changed my working conditions, but I would never opt for the path you are supporting of voicing such concerns. If you fee strongly enough that these conditions are untenable, I would a) find out whether the stipulated change is legal under UK employment law. What does your contract say? b) voice your concerns directly via HR and your manager if neither option has a chance of success – I would start looking for another job. It’s a free market, you’re not forced to work for your employer. Striking however is hugely damaging to the organisation you work for. You are effectively blackmailing your employer. Worse still is the fact that you are providing an absolutely essential public service which a vast majority of all city workers relies upon – the damage you are about to inflict on London’s economy is astronomical! Every size of business will lose revenue by your strike action. It will hit not only those who can afford it but also small businesses for whom your service outage could cost them a lot more than your own loss of pay. Do you think that is fair and proportionate to you being discontent with changes to your working conditions? I for one do not.

  42. Thomas
    Aug 6th 2015, 3:00 am

    My only comment to the strikers is where do you see this ending?


  43. John
    Aug 6th 2015, 3:10 am

    So many comments and I shall try to read those I have not read later. I support your very fair & balances article. (I wonder how many of the negative commenters have ever worked the full three shifts or continental shifts?). The effects on a family of the night shifts are usually detrimental & quick shift changes from nights to the following shift should NOT be allowed for quite valid health reasons.

    Good luck to you all.

  44. Bee
    Aug 6th 2015, 6:05 am

    I am sorry, but I can’t support your strike. I am sick and tired of the way we complain about our working conditions: while your big bosses are probably going to work in their private cars, we, normal employees that get MUCH LESS money than you, who are paying for a service because we need it, have to suffer the consecuences. Sure, it’s just for a day, but today, for the second time in 2 months, I’ll have to work a 20h shift and do the job of 3 people. Because last time people spent up to 5 h just to come to work.
    And really, this is London, there are plenty of jobs out there, if the job doesn’t fit you look for sth else. You hve to chance to do so, I don’t think you people understand how lucky you are.

    Naive as I might sound, I seriously think in this world there should be a better way to complain than to make people who are blameless, working hard, etc., pay the consequences.

  45. Jonathan Bailey
    Aug 6th 2015, 6:48 am

    12 hours between shifts is plenty of time to sleep and relax. People like you keep saying these changes aren’t fair etc, and need to be implemented differently, but always fail to provide a better way to implement it. These night shifts aren’t going to be every night, the night tube will only run on Fridays and Saturdays.

    These strikes can be “terrible” as you put it for hundreds of thousands of people and their families.

    The only valid point you make is that having one person on a station isn’t a great idea. But then having multiple would mean more shifts are required. So which do you prefer?

  46. Helen Mott
    Aug 6th 2015, 6:51 am

    I work in the public sector, where we face huge cuts, to vital services. I fully support the strike, and workers rights.

  47. Lee Hyde
    Aug 6th 2015, 7:59 am

    Rob E: In the real world employment contracts are CONTRACTS, changes to which are (and should be) negotiated in good faith (as with any contract!) and not simply imposed by the more powerful party (the employer). Now get back to licking your employers boots and leave the struggle for labour rights to those with some dignity and backbone left.

    “And as for comparing the job to that of a pilot…’re obviously delusional.”

    And you, as I, obviously haven’t a clue what the job actually involves. Best keep you mouth shut then.

    Mike: You’re aware that it’s TfL, not their employees who accept fares set by the Mayor’s office. In other words, those opposing the trade unions and forcing this confrontation through crude and overbearing impositions and ill-considered and political deadlines. They’re far better paid too, considering their feckless and unprofessional attitudes. ?

  48. Andy
    Aug 6th 2015, 8:24 am

    I’m in full support of my brothers and sisters going on strike today!
    Why attack those that are still able to stand up for their rights with in the work place because of a active trade union we can say no to certain things and agree and increase our standards of of living, instead of fighting against us join us form a union.
    fight for your rights!

  49. clairelou
    Aug 6th 2015, 8:44 am

    Dear Affected

    Are you serious? Why should striking tube workers worry about people in the City? Do people in the City worry about the tube workers? Do you think that the grievance route as described would stand any chance of being successful? The decision to operate a 24 hour service was not made by the employer. It was made by the Mayor of London. The employer is carrying out an instruction from its sponsor. A grievance – whether individual or mass – can only be upheld and something done to change things when it is in the employer’s gift to do so. The political landscape at the moment is one where announcements are made with little to no evidence, consideration or consultation with staff, who are then expected to embrace changes to their terms and conditions. Accepting it just gives more licence to change things without consultation later. Leaving does not solve anything. This worker loves his job and is good at it. Why should he accept a change to his contract on such a large scale without being able to try to influence it. The strikers only have one course of action open to them once talks fail. They have tried talks. Striking may be holding the employer to ransom, but what do you think the employer is doing to those workers? Whilst the wage is a good one, this worker did not sign up to the shift pattern that is being imposed on him. He has stated that he is not against working nights, or changing his pattern, in principle, but it is the speed,the bullishness and the tactics employed by TfL and Boris that are leaving them with no recourse but to withdraw labour, which is the ultimate and final last straw when everything else has failed. Nobody wants to lose a days pay.

  50. Stephany
    Aug 6th 2015, 9:02 am

    You and your colleagues have 100%support from me. Employers need to be mindful that those they employ have lives outside the workplace and that they are entitled to family time. Whether you get paid more or less or have better or worse terms and conditions is irrelevant to the situation under dispute. Until workers stand together instead of undermine each other little is going to change. Good luck with your action.