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Successful strike stops tube

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2226

Striking at Mile End (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Striking at Mile End (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The third 24-hour strike by London Underground workers for jobs and safety has been as successful as the previous two.

Once again, every line has been affected. Scores of stations have been closed. Some lines are partly suspended, some are running a 'special service' which only stops at a few of the stations, several are fully suspended.

Around 10,000 members of the RMT and TSSA unions are striking against management’s plans to slash 1,800 jobs across the tube network—which would impact on the levels of safety and service.

There was a defiant mood on the picket lines across the capital this morning with more workers turning out to picket at stations than during last month’s action.

This followed the magnificent solidarity shown by many tube workers, including those in the Aslef drivers’ union, when they refused to work on safety grounds during the firefighters’ strike.

One picket told Socialist Worker, “We need to support union members everywhere, even if we are in different unions, as it is all part of the same fight.

“I think that every union should get together to strike, like they’ve been doing in France.”

Tube activists are arguing that more should refuse to work during the 47-hour firefighters’ strike due to begin at 10am on Friday.

Joint action, and extending and intensifying the strikes can win this crucial battle.

Pickets at Finsbury Park (Pic: Terry McGrath)

Pickets at Finsbury Park (Pic: Terry McGrath)

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Wed 3 Nov 2010, 15:26 GMT
Issue No. 2226
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