Socialist Worker

Bus and Tube workers could unite for strikes

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2463

Tube strikers at Arnos Grove station

Tube strikers at Arnos Grove station (Pic: Pete Woodward)

All four Tube workers’ unions plan to strike for 24 hours on 5 August in a dispute over the introduction of Night Tube and pay. 

The action would be the second by RMT, Aslef, TSSA and Unite union members in this dispute. The last strike earlier this month completely shut down the network.

Bosses want to drive down workers’ conditions, slash jobs and pay, and ultimately go after workers’ pensions.

The impact on health and safety should ring alarm bells for all passengers.

And there is also a mood building among bus drivers to get their dispute for collective bargaining back on the road nearly six months since London-wide strikes. 

One senior Unite union official recently raised the prospect of a coordinated bus strike with the Tube. This has not happened since 1989.

Des, a Unite rep at the Go Ahead bus company, told Socialist Worker, “All the drivers think it is a good idea—and they are up for it.” 

But many feel unclear about the leadership’s strategy.

Unite recently removed the need for action to remain “lawful” from its constitution.

The new Tory attacks on union rights show the urgent need to turn such words into action.

“They want to diminish our powers,” said Des. “Somewhere along the line we’re going to have to fight to defend our unions and our services.”

Des is a pseudonym

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