Socialist Worker

Tube walkout called off—but threat of cuts remains

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2470

The RMT union has suspended strikes set for this week on the London Underground. The union said bosses made new proposals at talks.

Tube workers are in dispute over working conditions from the introduction of Night Tube and a major reorganisation of stations.

The RMT said the new proposals include bosses backtracking on a plan to force station staff to work anywhere on the line at 24 hours’ notice. 

Additional posts may also be created, which would be a significant shift.

However, there are still issues in dispute and Tube bosses still plan huge cuts that could result in action in the future. The union is seeking a written agreement.

Bosses have embarked on a major cuts drive and strikes could have blunted the attack.

Tory London mayor Boris Johnson demanded the cuts and has staked his reputation on driving them through. 

Johnson insisted that Night Tube would begin this Saturday, 12 September.

The dispute stopped this. Two solid walkouts by all four Tube unions shut down the network this summer. 

They were a sharp rebuke to Johnson and showed workers’ power to beat back the attacks.


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