Twitter’s just shown its true colours, and it’s bad news for workers’ rights [TWEETS]

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On Wednesday 22 February, Twitter appeared to lose any sense of balance. One of its ‘Moments’ (curated stories) tackled the London tube strike, but the result was hardly balanced.

Tube strike

A 24-hour tube strike by members of the RMT and ASLEF unions took place from 9pm on Tuesday 21 February. And the hashtag #TubeStrike was trending the following morning. So Twitter decided to turn it into a ‘Moment’. But it wasn’t exactly balanced:

While Twitter included information from Transport for London (TfL) and the affected tube lines, it failed to even acknowledge either union. Nor did it give any information on why the strike was occurring. And, as a final flourish, it even included this derogatory tweet about Corbyn:

https://twitter.com/nat400/status/834321838490677248

Everybody out

RMT and ASLEF members are striking over the forced moving of jobs from the Central Line. The RMT said TfL has made numerous breaches of employment contracts, including:

  • Not consulting or negotiating with the union over reduced staffing levels.
  • Breaching agreements on Night Tube and failing to recruit adequate additional staff to cover the work.
  • Actively attacking RMT Reps for carrying out their trade union duties.
  • Not following the correct process when seeking to change rosters.

Peter McNaught, Operations Director for the Central Line, said:

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We have made all reasonable efforts to resolve this dispute through talking through the issues with the unions, and we have minimised the number of employees affected from over 30 to eight.

But Twitter’s own stance seems to be less than reasonable. By playing into the narrative of chaos and disruption, and not even including statements from either union, its illusion of balance has utterly collapsed.

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