Socialist Worker

Strike votes on the Tube as workers reel from staff cuts

Issue No. 2531

Drivers on the Piccadilly Line voted to strike

Drivers on the Piccadilly Line voted to strike (Pic: 0x010C/Wikimedia Commons)


Four in every five London Underground station staff members feel less safe at work as a result of cuts imposed by bosses on the capital’s Tube stations.

That’s according to the findings from the TSSA union’s safety impact staff survey. It also reported rising passenger frustration, a spike in abuse towards staff and increased stress at work.

The TSSA is balloting its members for industrial action.

Tube station workers in the RMT union voted for strikes by 85 percent and by 94 percent for action short of strikes last week over the impact of the station cuts programme.

The union has called on members not to work any overtime or rest days from Wednesday.

In a separate dispute over a “wholesale breakdown in industrial relations”, drivers in the RMT on the Piccadilly Line voted by 84 percent for strikes.

No action had been called as Socialist Worker went to press. But Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said, “RMT members see day in and day out the toxic impact of the job cuts programme and they are reporting back that it is horrific.

“With the constant overcrowding on stations and platforms it is only a matter of time before there is a major tragedy if we don’t act decisively.

“Our dispute is about taking action to haul back the cuts machine and put safety back at the top of the agenda.”


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