Thursday, February 12, 2015

A job for a black disabled lesbian (credit to Modern Families)

The more I live life and have experiences to write about, the less time I have to write blog posts. Difficult. But I do have a bit of a backlog of posts that can be brought to the fore when I have not prepared something and fall back to what probably should have remained unpublished.
 
Well my dears, what to make of this advertisement? Hong Kong's MTR is the principle shareholder in the company running Melbourne's trains. Crossrail is a huge new railway project in London, adding a long east west line to the network, much of it underground right through the centre of the city.

I've seen ads for train drivers before, but not for experienced trains drivers. Is this what privatisation had brought us? Poaching of staff from one private company to another?

The wage is about the same as Melbourne train drivers earn.

Previous applicants need not apply? Odd for a brand new line, but only if you don't know that MTR already run trains in London.
 
Isn't it a little odd that we privatise the operation of public services, yet choose operators, such as MTR, that are owned by foreign governments, in this case China.
 
 
Location
Ilford
Salary
Salary: £45,757 per annum - rising to £55,000 in May 2016

Job category/type
Driver
Job description
MTR Crossrail are looking for Qualified Train Drivers who are highly committed and customer focused, to really add value to our business. We require a small group of experienced train drivers to join our driver team based at Ilford. We will be operating the Shenfield to Liverpool St service from 31st May 2015 and then expanding the network over the next 4 years. We will also be introducing a new fleet of trains.
 
Applicants will ideally have a minimum of 2 years experience train driving along with a good safety of the line record. You will also need to have the ability to work under pressure and react positively to unforeseen circumstances.
 
You will enjoy benefits including a structured career path, company pension scheme, family rail concessions and a generous annual leave package.
 
MTR Crossrail welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and is committed to creating a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.
Previous applicants need not apply.

17 comments:

  1. Andrew, definitely not for me . What a pity but maybe one day you will find something for me... ? Important is salary but the most important is comfortable atmosphere

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    1. Gosia, quite true. Working conditions are more important than just money.

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  2. Customer focused drivers? Hard to complain about that but in my experience train drivers and customers rarely cross paths in their workplace. Maybe that means drivers should not be heavy handed on the break pedal (handle?).

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    1. Of course, I meant 'brake'. Damn you Apple word predictor. (Actually, that was my fault, not Apple's.)

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    2. Victor, I kind of get what they mean, customer outcomes, but of course it reads like the corporate waffle and nonsense that it is.

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  3. Really? Is there nobody in the EU who qualifies for these posts?

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    1. Ah, Craig, it is not an ad that was placed here. I found it on an English site, and no, I am not looking at English job ads. Our public transport management is full of French and English imports.

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  4. The first half of your final sentence says it all: "Isn't it a little odd that we privatise the operation of public services?"

    Odd! And nasty! Public means we the citizens own it!!! Not profiteers.

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    1. Hels, so we own it and hand it over to multinationals to run for them to make a profit from taxpayers subsidies. What is wrong with that?

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  5. Once they've gone through and rejected all the current applicants, they'll have to remove that 'previous applicants need not apply' line.
    I wouldn't do it, even if I could drive. there's just not enough money in the world to tempt me into such an occupation. Of course I said that about being a checkout chook too!
    I have similar problems regarding blog posts. Takes me days to choose a subject to write about, then find photos if I need them. It's good thing I don't work anymore.

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    1. River, I think you are quite right about that. Yes, successful blogging does take time, rather a lot.

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  6. Guess that they have to include anyone so they don't seem to discriminate.

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    1. WA, well they can't discriminate, but they don't have to mention it in the ad. It is just to make the company look better.

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  7. There's a German blogger couple visiting Perth for the next few weeks, they seem very nervous when in the car with me driving :) so the trains are a godsend for them.. and me :)

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    1. Grace, I am sure their fears are unfounded.

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  8. Hahaha, just read Grace's comment!! It's amazing what employers everywhere expect for their starting salaries these days - 16 years old with at least 2 years experience; 18 years old, must have senior experience - it must be hard for young ones to get started with those expectations. Although, if you'd started your career at McDonalds I guess you'd have a head start on that 'senior' experience!

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    1. Red, although that experience is often asked for, do employers really mean it?

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