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Strike called on London Underground

Issue No. 2094

The RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions have called three days of action on London Underground that will bring the tube system to a juddering halt. The strike over safety and staffing issues will begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 6 April and run to 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 April.

RMT members voted by 83 percent to strike, while TSSA members had already voted by over 81 percent to strike.

Management wants to close ticket offices, reduce staff, bring in lone working, introduce “mobile supervisors” and bring in agency and security staff.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, told a press conference today, “We are not prepared to see standards diluted on London Underground. While Transport for London announce that there are record numbers of people using the tube it is madness to reduce the number of staff.

“It is not safe for the travelling public. We need plenty of highly visible staff, which makes women, elderly people and people travelling at night more secure.

“The travelling public will support us when they see that we are taking action purely about the safety of them and the staff.

“Transport for London is trying to save money as it is trapped for cash after the failure of the Metronet consortium. It is trying to make savings on the wages bill.

“There are negotiations ongoing between the unions and London Underground. But members will walk out unless an agreement is reached that is suitable to us. The RMT and the TSSA are standing side by side on safety.”

Unjum Mirza, an RMT member on the London Underground and Left List candidate for the London Assembly elections, said, “I am proud to be standing for the Left List, which is backing the tube workers’ strike for safety.

“Left List supporters will be visiting tube picket lines to show their solidarity.”

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