Another Tube strike planned for next week

Image above: Chiswick Park London Underground station

Tube strike planned to coincide with national rail strikes

Another Tube strike is expected to cause major disruption across the London Underground network next week, in an ongoing dispute between Transport for London and the RMT union.

The union confirmed 10,000 of its members are set to walk out on Tuesday, 21 June as part of a dispute over pensions and job losses.

It will coincide with the first day of a national rail strike by the union, in which 50,000 workers will strike across three days. The national strike will be the biggest train dispute since 1989 affecting 13 train operating companies including South Western Railway.

A similar walkout on the Tube at the start of March brought the Underground to a near-total standstill. More than 200 stations closed and there was rush-hour chaos as passengers tried to board packed buses, queued for bike rentals and taxis or faced gridlock on the roads.

“We will not rest until we have a just settlement” say RMT 

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said of previous strike action:

“I congratulate our station grade and revenue control staff members on London Underground for taking strike action in defence of their pensions and jobs.The effectiveness and industrial power of these members cannot be underestimated.

“TfL, London Underground Limited (LUL) and the Mayor of London have had ample opportunity to negotiate with the union properly to avert this strike action today. Their intransigence and stubbornness have left RMT members no choice but to act decisively.

“We will not rest until we have a just settlement to this dispute and we urge the Mayor to stand up to the Tory government who are cutting funding to TfL rather than try to pick a fight with tube workers.”

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said:

“It is extremely frustrating and hugely disappointing that the RMT has announced further strike action before we have been able to meet them to discuss their concerns following this week’s strike.

New strike action is “disappointing” says TfL boss

“Announcing this strike so soon to align with wider national action is unfair to Londoners.

“It is particularly disappointing that the RMT is threatening such disruption given that nobody has lost or will lose their jobs as part of the proposals that we have laid out, which amounts to a recruitment freeze rather than job losses, and that there have been no proposals to change pensions or conditions.

“The devastating impact of the pandemic on TfL finances has made a programme of change urgently necessary.

“I urge the RMT to work with us rather than continue to disrupt our customers and further hamper London’s recovery.

“We have been in regular talks with the RMT to try and resolve this dispute and would welcome further talks rather than strike action.”

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See also: South Western Railway urge people to change travel dates to avoid strikes

See also: TfL confirms further road closures near Kew Bridge

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