London Underground workers are preparing to walk out on 1 and 3 March to fight for jobs, pensions and working conditions. Transport for London bosses hope to cut up to 600 jobs in order to save money.
A ballot of more than 10,000 workers, announced in January, hit the 50 percent threshold with 94 percent voting to strike. A number of workers wanted action to happen soon after and for the union to call substantial strikes. This would have clashed with a large number of workplaces reopening.
Instead the RMT leaders delayed action and have only called 48 hours of action. The delay risks losing momentum built during the ballot.
Union activists should build for the action with involvement across all grades. Mass meetings wider than just RMT reps and officials must happen with workplace discussions being vital.
A big fight is needed to protect jobs and conditions—as well as passenger safety—with strikes by all workers, and large picket lines.
Tens of thousands could walk out
A round-up of workplace struggles
A round-up of transport workers’ struggles