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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Letter of the Week Red for danger or open door policy? There is a worrying safety aspect to your report of the red waistcoatdispute on South West Trains (News, 24 April). The rail employee pictured has clearly become so despondent and distracted bythe problem that he is signalling away the train despite one of the carriagedoors being wide open. For the sake of South West Trains passengers, this dispute needs settlingbefore lives are lost! Paul Whittle Woking, Surrey Should Tube staff be able to strike? I refer to the survey question on personneltoday.com that, “Tubestrikes stop nurses and doctors from getting to work and also cost money.Should tube workers be allowed to strike?” (News, 24 April). A bit ofloaded question isn’t it? Strikes are an indication of the state of industrial relations – to stopcertain workers from taking strike action just serves to mask serious problemsand issues. It also makes it almost impossible for tube workers to highlight safetyissues that it is in all our interests to be aware of, private industryincluded. So this is a “No” vote! Anne WardrobePersonnel assistant, Institute of Neurology, UCL Tube strikes are also over safety Employers should remember that the tube strikes are being implemented notonly to safeguard RMT members’ jobs, but also to protect the public from thesafety risks that the Government’s proposed public/private partnership maycause. Employers should applaud the fact that RMT members were prepared to take adrop in income (no matter how slight) to highlight these very real dangers. And is it really that big a deal if staff work from home or have an extraday off? You would have thought most people would have appreciated this. Bruno Davey Via e-mail See more letters on this issue at www.personneltoday.comIdea is to extend HRD, not save cash I would like to clarify a few points following your article on the newe-learning initiative between the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) andthe Epic Group (News, 18 April). This initiative aims to extend the capacity of existing HRD programmes incouncils by enabling them to produce their own e-learning content and share inthat produced by other authorities. It is not a means of driving down existing budgets, which are alreadyseverely stretched, but a new way of bringing extra resources to HRdepartments. The picture caption stated that e-learning would save £500m, which is theestimated annual spend by councils. This is not the case or the objective ofthe project. Further information can be found at www.idea.gov.ukSusan Biddle Head of workforce development Improvement and Development Agency, London B&Q man mustn’t feel like a failure Including the headline, the story on B&Q’s recruitment process mentionsthree times that the unfortunate Filer “failed” a psychometric test(News, 24 April). As far as my colleagues and I recall, there is no such thing as”failing” a psychometric test. Whenever I visit my local B&Q store, it strikes me that it could use ashot of Filer’s initiative. But then, rules is rules, procedures are procedures.Whatever happened to the concept that psychometric testing was only part of theprocess? Denis W Barnard Director hrmeansbusiness.com, Suffolk M&S was caught between two laws I read with interest your Comment concerning M&S’s recent difficultiesin France (18 April). These issues are again a result of a UK company’s legal responsibility toannounce decisions such as these to the Stock Exchange first – versus EUemployment law, which makes it clear that an employer’s responsibility isfirstly to consult with its employees. Dawn Perkins Via e-mail Previous Article Next Article lettersOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more