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Step up the action to beat job cuts on London Underground

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2225

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions on London Underground are preparing to strike for 24 hours from 7pm on Tuesday of next week.

Bosses want to push through 1,600 job cuts to save money, which has led to two powerful strikes by over 10,000 workers.

The tube underwent a “week from hell” last week—and job losses would make the service much worse for everyone.

A power failure on the Jubilee Line on Monday of last week saw 2,000 people have to walk for 20 minutes along the track after being stranded for over two hours.

The following day, 800 people were stranded on the Victoria Line because of a defective engine.

Flooding also hit the Waterloo & City Line, while a broken rail meant that the Jubilee Line was suspended throughout central London.

The tube workers are battling management’s plan for cuts, which would increase the chaos on the tube.

Their strikes have rocked bosses, and many workers now want to step up the action.

Some tube workers, including RMT members and some drivers in the Aslef union, showed their power last Saturday by refusing to work on the grounds of health and safety during the London firefighters’ strike (see page 3 XXXXXXXXXXXX).

Five of the largest RMT union branches on London Underground have voted to back the call to increase the length of their strikes to 48 hours, and to coordinate with strikes by the firefighters.

More workers will rightly refuse to work on Monday of next week when FBU union members strike again.

The official tube strike will begin the following day. Another day of strikes is planned for 28 November.

A work to rule by union members is also having an effect—and train maintenance workers increased its strength by joining the action this week.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2225
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