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Second day of tube strike even more powerful

Issue No. 2155

Tube workers in the RMT transport union responded to Tory mayor Boris Johnson and management’s bluster by ensuring that their strike had an even bigger impact on its second day.

Thousands of workers at London Underground and Transport for London are striking for 48-hours for decent pay, and against job losses and management bullying.

Their strikes have had a serious effect on the running of the tube network. Because the Aslef train drivers’ union instructed its members to work as normal, bosses have been able to keep some services running.

This led to Johnson claiming that the strike was “fragile”. But RMT members, angry at bosses for scuppering an agreement, stepped up the pressure today. Their action has had an even bigger impact than yesterday, with every line being affected by the strike and a number of stations being closed.

A number of Aslef members are defying their union leaders and refusing to cross picket lines. The strike continues until 7pm tonight, and RMT members are to discuss plans for their next action if bosses do not meet their demands.

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