Socialist Worker

Tube workers announce 48-hour strike

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2424

Tube strike earlier this year

Tube strike earlier this year (Pic: Guy Smallman)


London Underground workers are set to hold a 48-hour strike next week in a row over job cuts. 

The RMT union members have announced that the walkout will take place on 9pm from Tuesday of next week until Thursday.

The strike is set to coincide with planned walkouts by council workers and civil servants across the country.

London Underground bosses want to ram through a reorganisation on the Tube that will see station ticket offices close, pay cuts and massive job losses. 

RMT activist Shakiel Jaumdallu’s job is threatened by the bosses’ cuts plan. 

He told Socialist Worker, “It’s madness—you can’t take away so many jobs and expect to run a safe railway.”

If bosses push through cuts they will come for other jobs on London Underground. “They are trying to divide and conquer,” said Shakiel. 

Tube strikes earlier this year had a huge impact, but weren’t followed up. Instead, talks with bosses have produced nothing.

Tube engineer Frank Murray told Socialist Worker, “We know they are coming for us. 

“We’ve got stick to our principles—we know what the union is for and we’ve all got to fight together.”

 


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