October 15, 2008

Mayor’s Question Time- under fire

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 9:30 pm by poison ivyyy

A group of demonstrators interrupted today’s (15/10/2008) Mayor’s Question Time twice to highlight the poor working conditions cleaners are facing at Transport for London.

The activists, who sat in the public gallery were equipped with banners and accused the mayor, Boris Johnson, of not sticking to his promise and allowing underground cleaners to be exploited.

The first outburst came just minutes into the formal proceedings at City Hall and one of the campaigners described the unfit working environment as “modern day slavery”.

The mayor refused to give a statement to any allegations that were brought forward and turned his back on the frustrated demonstrators.

The meeting was adjourned until the intruders were removed.

Round two

But their fight was far from over with another three jumping up in the ranks trying to shout their messages across.

One heard that workers on the Piccadilly line are being paid under national standard and that their wages are simply not enough to afford a decent life. And that workers demand holiday and sick pay, like customary in other companies.

The most serious of allegations, though, was that they are being victimised due to their status of immigration, race and that people are being deported to their country of origin.

A comment made by on of the assembly members telling the protestors to get a life caused an un colourful counter attack.

“We will come back until you do something” was the last thing heard by the group before they were dragged out of the conference room for good.
The police was later called to the scene, but the intruders had already been escorted off the premises by security guards.

Johnson trying to dodge the question again

More drama

This was not the only incident of the day former mayor, Ken Livingston, who had witnessed all the proceedings and seemed rather amused by the spectacle, was later verbally attacked on his way out.

Livingstone’s incident, though, was not linked to the previous one and the gentleman who hailed the attack was later seen shouting “liar, liar, liar” outside City Hall.

The confrontations of the day did not take away from the fact that Mr Johnson was intensively quizzed by the assembly members and was in some cases lost for words or simply refused to answer the questions.

One assembly member expressed her views by saying: “Mayor Johnson you don’t seemed to be on top of your chairs (Metropolitan Police and Transport for London)”.

And at one point Mayor Johnson seemed more concerned with his mobile phone than giving satisfactory answerers, when asked by an assembly member to put his phone down he apologised in the friendliest way possible.

Who ever said politics was boring- has never attended Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall.