Collecting for 2013 – Staff Diversity and Languages

Did you know that nearly 30% of Transport for London’s workforce are from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethic background? Pretty amazing eh? And that further staff come from across Europe, the Commonwealth and North America? Brilliant! With all these nationalities being represented at Transport for London, you can start to imagine how many languages are spoken by the workforce, both behind the scenes and in customer facing roles.

As part of the Museum’s Black History Month celebrations, we ran a workshop where London Underground staff who speak different languages were invited to the Museum to speak on camera in their mother tongue. We had a great turn out, with a whole range of languages being represented, including Greek, Igbo, Shona, Punjabi, Spanish, Basque, Polish and Lithuanian. Each colleague introduced themselves in their native language, and then also explained in English how they have used their language in their job at London Underground. This fantastic medley is currently being edited together to make a short film for the LU 150th anniversary in 2013, allowing us to showcase what a diverse and vibrant workforce we have at Transport for London. The finished film will be on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Do you work for London Underground? Share your stories with us here of what it’s like to work in such an amazingly diverse organisation!

2 thoughts on “Collecting for 2013 – Staff Diversity and Languages”

  1. I am a British white woman born in this country. I have many complaints about how TfL is run, but if I didn’t stand on a gateline all day, or sell tickets from a window, I wouldn’t be as broad minded about people from other countries.

    I work with Italians, Chinese, Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Jamaicans, Bajans, Indians, Pakistanis, Balgladeshis and Polish people. Together there is no observations of people’s culture, religion or background, we have a common aim and we attempt to work together to achieve it. That’s not to say we don’t allow people time for religious observances, or swap shifts with those with a festival coming up. We are not divided by our differences, but joined by our commin aims and objectives.


  2. Thanks for your comment Claire. It’s amazing how diverse our organisation is, and how we all work together so well in our day to day jobs. It’s great to learn more from those around us than just the standard day to day duties. Thanks for sharing!


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