Station staff on the London Underground network were set to walk out for a 24 hour Tube strike on Monday of next week against the threat of job cuts. Transport for London wants to slash jobs as part of an emergency Covid pandemic funding deal with the government.
Station worker Sadie told Socialist Worker, “I haven’t spoken to anyone who has said they won’t join the Tube strike. There is a lot of anger among customer service assistants at my stations, and hearing the details of what bosses want to cut has only strengthened the mood.
“We are already reliant on station staff doing overtime to keep stations open, constantly receiving emails appealing for overtime to stop stations from closing.
“It’s a joke to think that we could run the London Underground properly with the level of cuts they want to make, and station staff can see that. This is why the overtime ban is also really important. If workers refuse to do overtime it will really expose just how dire the situation already is.
“I would say that not everyone thinks we can win on everything, but the fact that we are going to resist seems to be a given for people. We are also re-balloting for strikes and need to deliver another big vote to show we are prepared to fight.”
Sadie and her workmates walked out for two 24 hour Tube strikes in March. She added, “I think we urgently need a programme of escalating strikes that is spelled out in advance so that people know we are serious about resisting the cuts.
“The bosses have shown no sign of backing off. Instead they are ploughing ahead with specific plans for how to make cuts in stations. The plans are brutal, with some stations facing a nearly 50 percent cut to the numbers of customer service assistants.
“It’s good that the union has called another Tube strike on 6 June but it won’t be enough to stop the attacks. We need much more. And there was too long a gap between this and our March strikes.
“I think the union needs to call more strikes involving all members, not just station staff.”
Oladeji Adeyemi Omishore died on 4 June
Pay fight at Rolls-Royce
Tories threaten critical safety roles
Trade unionists support the rail workers