Tube strike confirmed for Thursday as last-minute talks fail

Image above: a shuttered London Underground Tube station

Limited or no Tube services for all of Thursday

A strike by London Underground workers will halt almost all Tube services on Thursday (10 November), in the ongoing industrial dispute over job security and pensions.

Thursday’s action will be the sixth 24-hour walkout by the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) in 2022. About 10,000 RMT members working at London Underground and Arriva Rail (London Overground) will be on strike.

TfL said there will be limited or no Tube services and London Overground will be severely disrupted. Buses and National Rail services will be busier than usual. Disruption will continue through Friday morning rush hour as staff return to work.

Transport for London is planning to cut the number of station staff it employs, and has agreed to “develop options” for consultation to reduce its pension obligations, as part of its funding settlement with central government.

TfL has pledged that no job will be made redundant through its cost-cutting plans, which will reduce staff headcount by about 600, and said that no proposals to cut pensions have been tabled.

The Tube strike comes after three 24-hour strikes on national rail planned for this week were called off last Friday.

TfL “missed a golden opportunity” to avoid strikes, says RMT

Image: RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:

“TfL have missed a golden opportunity to make progress in these negotiations and avoid strike action on Thursday.

“Our members are resolute in their determination to see a just settlement to this jobs and pensions dispute.

“And they will continue their industrial campaign for as long as it takes.

“TfL need to start making compromises and work with the union to reach a deal that works for staff and avoids further disruption to the lives of passengers.”

RMT demands “not possible to deliver” says TfL

Image: TfL Chief Glynn Barton

RMT proposed to TfL bosses on Tuesday that they suspend the implementation of 600 station job cuts until the end of 2022 and demanded TfL make a clear statement that LUL, TfL’s pension provider, would not agree to detrimental attacks on tube workers’ pension.

TfL management said they wanted to come to an agreement with the RMT, but said the proposals were “not possible to deliver”.

Chief operating officer Glynn Barton said:

“We met with the RMT and Unite this week to urge them to call off this strike.

“Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached but we remain open for discussions as there is still time for the unions to call off this action.

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