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London Underground strikes put pressure on bosses

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2219

The solid 24-hour strike by around 10,000 workers on London Underground last week put pressure on management.

The RMT and TSSA union members walked out over bosses plans to slash 800 station staff jobs and cut ticket office opening hours—threatening safety and quality of service.

The level of support for the strike shocked bosses.

This, and solidarity from a number of members of the Aslef drivers’ union, meant the action had a severe impact on the tube network on Tuesday of last week.

A strike by Alstom train maintainers in the RMT over pay the previous day boosted the action.

More 24-hour tube strikes are set to begin on Sunday 3 October, Tuesday 2 November and Sunday 28 November. These are to be preceded by further 24-hour strikes at Alstom.

“The strength of the strike means that the dynamic has shifted,” said one union activist on London Underground.

“Management wanted to smash our union organisation, but we showed them they are facing an organised workforce and have blown their plans out of the water.

“They are now preparing for 3 October, so we need to prepare too. We will need more than a series of 24‑hour strikes to win.

“We are getting ready for the fights to come as London Underground looks to make bigger cuts.”

Where next after the solid tube strike? 5pm, Monday 20 September, Exmouth Arms (near Euston station), London. Called by Trouble Down The Line

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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