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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - 'I've been spat at, called every name under the sun, threatened with violence but I still have a smile on my face'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A railway worker from Cornwall has spoken out about the reasons he - alongside thousands of colleagues - are striking next week. The platform worker, who has asked to remain anonymous, says he has to work a 50-hour week to be able to afford to support his family. He told CornwallLive that he’s been “spat at, called every name under the sun and threatened with violence”. He added that when he signed up for the role he didn’t realise he’d be helping suicidal people and elderly women with Alzheimer’s who had no idea why they were at the station as well as helping police catch drug dealers and find runaway children. All he wants is some job security, he says. The strikes are due to take place on June 21, 23 and 25, when the railway network will ‘shut down’, according to the Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). About 4,500 services, compared with 20,000 normally, will run during the strikes, according to Network Rail. Read more: All trains in and out Cornwall cancelled for part of next week as rail strikes take place The RMT said members have been subject to "pay freezes, threats to jobs and attacks on their terms and conditions". Network Rail plans to cut 2,500 maintenance jobs as it tries to make £2bn of savings over the next two years. The RMT said the jobs are safety critical, and cutting them will make accidents more likely. Network Rail said it would not consider any changes that would make the railways less safe and that modernisation is needed. The Cornwall employee said: “I think a lot of people realise we do an important and necessary job but a lot of the time even they get shocked at exactly what we deal with on a daily basis. “When I signed up for this job it was genuinely so I could do a worthwhile role where I helped people and I know I achieve that every day. What I didn't really think about was that it wouldn't just be helping that elderly guy with his suitcase or that couple with their bikes but it would also be that woman who is suffering from domestic abuse or that guy being harassed because he is gay.
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. I didn't think I'd be helping the police to find runaway children and catch drug dealers. "I've been spat at, called every name under the sun, threatened with violence but I still have a smile on my face, maybe because I know I am earning the money to get my daughter through university or take that trip away with my wife, or maybe I'm smiling because I know I'm helping those people that deserve it. "The fact is my 35 hour week doesn't pay my daughter's food bills or pay for that holiday, I have to do a 50 hour week to afford those things. The common misconception that station staff earn the same as premier league footballers can be quite frustrating. I think we earn a fair wage for what we do but are people really aware of what we do every morning, every afternoon, every evening and every night?" Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here He continued: “It also seems to have been forgotten that during the pandemic we were classed as key workers and we all came to work as normal and helped people get to work or wherever they needed to be during one of the most stressful times in our recent history. When did that change? Why are we now suddenly seen as expendable? We weren't referred to as brave and we didn't get a round of applause every week. "I'm not comparing what we do to NHS staff duties but we still supported the public and our fellow colleagues, we still got out of bed everyday went out into a frightening closed world and did our jobs. Have we ever really been thanked? “My whole life is geared to me be able to perform my job the best I can, I sometimes start a shift at 4:30am and other shifts end at 2am. If I'm late for work or half asleep on my shift then problems will arise, problems for you, the travelling public. “Who will clean up the broken glass on the platform or the Coca-Cola all over the ticket machine? Who will unlock the waiting room when it's pouring with rain and it's freezing cold? Who will explain that your route has changed and make sure you aren't anxious about the new journey? Who will open the toilets because you are desperate to go? Who will make sure you get on the right carriage and translate your directions because your English isn't perfect? Who will help you get your heavy cases over the bridge and into the train? Who will get a ramp ready for your wheelchair? Who will ask those kids to stop riding their scooters dangerously? Who will ask that guy to stop smoking on the platform? Who will get the chewing gum off the seat before it ruins your clothes? Who will ring around to find your lost wallet? Who will unblock that toilet that's making the whole station smell? Who will clean the vomit off the bins? Who will make sure you don't get covered in pigeon poo before your job interview or help you clean it off if you've been wished good luck by that pigeon? “Dispatching a train takes less than 5 minutes, managing a platform takes longer. Managing a station is a whole shift. “I'm not asking for a massive pay rise, certainly not in relation to what we have done over the last 2 years, certainly not above the rate of inflation in fact I'd take half that, no, what I'd like is to get some security, know that the job I love doing is the job I can keep doing, keep doing for me, for the public, for my family, and for my colleagues.”
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