Yes, today has seen the return of that most British of things, a strike, and it’s fair to say that it’s brought out the rueful humour of many of Twitter’s assembled wits.
As reported by the London Evening Standard and other media sources, Tube workers have walked out over job losses and ticket office closures, reducing the Underground to a negligible service.
Amid all of the political wrangling over the strike’s necessity or lack thereof (a bit tedious), social media users were productive with their comic gems in response to the massive disruption.
Some workers last night were already contemplating the boasts with which they’d regale their colleagues once they did (somehow) get into work.
There will be huge commuting one-upmanship on display tomorrow.
'You walked? I had to take a dolphin at Greenwich.'
— Dan (@ThatConnArtist) 8 January 2017
Indeed, there was a lot of inventiveness with regard to how exactly they would complete their commutes.
Offering piggyback rides to work tomorrow. What time do you guys want picking up? #TubeStrike
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) 8 January 2017
Come the morning, some of those who’d already dreamed up their no-show excuses found them to be a little bit thin.
I told the boss I'd be late in because of the #TubeStrike - she pointed out I live here. Damn.
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) 9 January 2017
However, not everyone lost out due to the strike action.
Uber have made that much money from the #TubeStrike this morning that they're now plotting a bid for Alexis Sanchez.
— Coral (@Coral) 9 January 2017
Whatever – there was no shortage of good old-fashioned British stiff upper lip.
*12 buses, 6 Ubers, crawls the final 2 streets*
Colleague: how was your journey in?
— Jamie McCormack (@timeforjamie) 9 January 2017
Well, maybe not everyone got that particular memo.
Give them what they want for the love of everything that is good and holy give them whaTEVER THE HELL THEY WANT AAAAAAAAAH #TubeStrike
— Daniel J. Layton (@DanielJLayton) 9 January 2017
Some social media users were actually impressed by the relative lack of disruption to their journeys.
Unbelievable scenes as my bus moves 20 feet without stopping. #TubeStrike
— Chris Gray (@ChrisGSGray) 9 January 2017
Others had the time to poetically contemplate the apocalyptic scenario before them.
'This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but with a rail replacement bus service from Clapham.' - T.S. Eliot (probably). #TubeStrike
— James Kenny (@JamesyKenny) 9 January 2017
If all else failed, there was always the option for many users of just getting sloshed.
Remember today during the #TubeStrike most stations have a Wetherspoon pub in walking distance so just come in and get mangled instead. 👍🍻
— JD WETHERSP00N (@WetherspoonsUK) 9 January 2017
OK, so what about the serious stuff?
Behind all of the comedy, of course, there’s genuine anguish for many people who have seen their plans turned upside down by the strike. So, what do you need to know if you’re trying to get to and from work in the capital today?
Staff across the entire network went on strike for 24 hours from 6pm on Sunday, with Transport for London (TfL) warning that “Tube services are severely reduced”, adding that even the stations that did open today would likely close by 7pm.
TfL has urged those needing to travel to allow more time and avoid peak times if possible, as well as to consider other transport options such as buses, walking and cycling.
As for the political fallout, well, as you can imagine, that has been considerable. While London mayor Sadiq Khan described the Tube strike as “completely unnecessary”, RMT London regional organiser John Leach claimed: “You can’t carry a million people more each day with 834 fewer front line station staff”.
The strike involves workers from both the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) unions.
In the meantime, Londoners have continued to struggle their way to work
Whatever - we think everyone’s just about coping.
— Mike Freeman (@MrMike1990) 9 January 2017
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