WORKERS are demanding postponement of the next tube strike so that they can think up fresh chit chat on the subject.
Union bosses confirmed further industrial action for August 5, which many Londoners feel is insufficient time for them to replenish their travel-based anecdotes and banter.
Recruitment consultant Nikki Hollis said: “When they vote on these things they don’t think of the effect it has on brief interactions between people with nothing in common.
“Last strike, I was the cock of the walk with my tale of how it took me five hours to walk to work and I had to use the toilet in a shop. How can I follow that?
“I’ve started putting together a short, dull monologue about taking up cycling to save some money and get fit but it’s nowhere near ready. ”
TFL has said it will offer conversational advisory noticeboards outside closed stations with key words such as ‘blitz’, ‘overpaid’ and ‘Thatcher’.
Many businesses will close on strike day, with bosses fearing that staff who have exhausted the novelty of their altered routes may begin to ask why they aren’t on strike themselves.