By Sam Ord
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A major battle on the Tube coming after vote to strike

The company has already said it plans to axe 600 jobs.
Issue 2787
Five tube workers and a supporter stands outside Brixton tube station in south London

Brixton strikers over Night Tube. Now a bigger battle is coming (Picture: Socialist Worker)

A ballot of 10,000 RMT union members across the whole of London Underground (LU) has returned a Yes vote that exceeds the Tories’ anti‑union turnout thresholds. 

In a result announced on Monday, workers voted 94 percent for strikes on a 52 percent turnout.

This should be the prelude to a major strike battle.

Workers are fighting bosses’ refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of a financial crisis on the Tube driven by central Government.

The company has already said it plans to axe 600 jobs.

Now after the positive vote for action, RMT leaders must immediately move to hard-hitting strikes to win on all these issues and the Night Tube dispute. 

The union has already announced that Night Tube strikes are to be extended through to the summer in a continuing fight to prevent the ripping up of staffing arrangements.

RMT members on the Central and Victoria Lines will strike every Friday and Saturday starting from 8.30pm to 4.30am until June.

Tube worker Phil Rowan told Socialist Worker, “The strike goes back to 2017 when Night Tube first came in. 

“To run it LU employed people whose job was to specifically work the Night Tube—they’d do Friday and Saturday nights and that was how it always ran.

“During Covid the Night Tube stopped. 

“It’s now back but the company wants every driver to take a turn on the night shift. 

“The company wants them to work extra weekends—three of four a year. It’s dangerous and there’s no work‑life balance there.”

  • Tube drivers on the Metropolitan line based at the Neasden depot in west London have confirmed new strikes. Drivers voted overwhelmingly for action over the imposition of rosters.

RMT members won’t book on for any shifts for 24 hours from 11.30am, 20 January and from the same time on 10 February.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “There’s a toxic culture developing at LU which amounts to ripping up normal procedures.”

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