Tube workers are gearing up for London Underground strikes on Tuesday and Thursday of next week to protect jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The attacks on workers’ conditions come after a funding arrangement between the government and Transport for London. Up to 600 station posts could be axed. The action will cause huge disruption across the Underground, cancelling most services. Picket lines will target major stations as well as some depots.
The strike is part of a bigger fight to make sure workers don’t pay for the impacts of the pandemic. It comes as workers on the Night Tube continue strikes against plans to force all Underground workers to work night shifts. The new action across the network will escalate the blow to bosses.
Tube worker Phil told Socialist Worker it’s important to build for as many people as possible to be actively involved in the strikes. “There’s a lot of work to do this week, getting around stations and talking face to face to members,” he said. “There was a mass members meeting last week which was good.”
Phil believes there is a strong will to walk out and that most workers will strike. All workers should have conversations and hold meetings to ensure a large strike across both days.
Mick Lynch, the RMT general secretary, said, “A financial crisis at London Underground has been deliberately engineered by the government to drive a cuts agenda, which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten their working conditions and pensions.
“These are the very same transport staff praised as heroes for carrying London through Covid for nearly two years. Staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.”
Workers are right not to roll over and accept job cuts. After the strikes, workers must be prepared to escalate and the union shouldn’t delay in calling extra dates that cover a longer period.
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