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Tube workers strike for jobs and safety

Issue No. 2207

Over the next 48 hours, London Underground will grind to a halt as a key set of workers strike.

Maintenance, engineering and emergency workers on London Underground began a 48-hour strike at 7pm today (Wednesday).

The RMT union members work for the Tubelines company on three underground lines. They also staff the emergency response unit, which covers the whole network.

They are striking over attacks on jobs, pay and working conditions.

The strike is solid and having an impact. Bosses are panicking as some tube drivers are refusing to work on safety grounds.

The response workers are essential. Part of their job is to rescue drivers and passengers in emergencies.

This highly skilled job involves dealing injuries and deaths on the line – very dangerous work.

Bosses claim it is safe to work with just three managers on emergency response duty. The legal minimum involves teams of workers who are properly trained and licensed, which the managers are not.

During the strike it is unsafe to drive or travel on a tube train.

Every worker is within their rights to refuse to work in these unsafe conditions.

Earlier today a judge refused to let London Underground management stop the strike through an injunction.

The Tubeline workers need solidarity from workers across London Underground and the broader trade union movement to help them win this important fight over jobs and safety.

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