By Sam Ord
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Workers set for new tube strike

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RMT union leaders may have called off action on the trains—but the Tube strike is still on, and it can still win
Issue 2830
RMT members stand with flags and banners on a south London tube strike picket line

RMT union members on a previous tube strike in June (Picture: Guy Smallman)

A tube strike was set to bring huge sections of the London Underground to a halt on Thursday of this week.

More than 10,000 RMT union members at London Underground and London Overground plan to join the Tube strike for 24 hours over pay and attacks on jobs.

They are angry at attacks which would mean critical safety staff such as those at the ticket gates or those who manage crowds on the platform could face the axe. Bosses at Transport for London (TfL) plan to cut 600 jobs—with the threat of even more to come.

Major attacks on pensions are also planned. Workers have made it clear that with the RPI rate of inflation at 12.6 percent, they won’t settle for a poor pay offer.

The RMT members have previously struck alongside other groups of workers, including Underground staff in the Unite union. The strike was at its strongest when coordinated with action by 40,000 rail workers employed by train operating companies and Network Rail.

But rail unions have suspended all action at Network Rail and the operating companies. The Tube strike will still be a blow to TfL’s income as well as the politicians that are desperate to see the workers fail.

Now workers must demand more and longer strikes to drive the dispute to victory. A win for the Tube strike will raise the confidence of all rail workers.

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