Image above: London Underground train
24 hour strike Monday 6 June
Around 4,000 London Underground workers are planning to strike for 24 hours on Monday 6 June and many of London’s tube stations are expected to close.
The walkout, organised to take place across the entire network, is part of a dispute between Transport for London and members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) over jobs, pay and conditions.
We could be in for a summer of strikes.
“They could go on for a very, very long time” Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT told Sophie Ridge on Sky News “because there’s no sign at the moment that anybody’s backing down on their side of the table.”
Asked whether the stikes could go on for days or weeks, he said:
“We’ll decide that as we go along. We want to make the strike action as effective as possible from our point of view.”
The RMT has accused TfL of trying to “bulldoze through 600 job losses.” Mick Lynch said his members are “not prepared to accept that.
“Station staff play a crucial role in serving the travelling public and were heroes during the 7/7 terrorist attacks” he said.
“Instead of seeking to cut jobs, TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan need to put further pressure on the government to secure increased funding for the network so we can have a properly staffed modern 21st century tube.”
TfL chief operating officer Andy Lord said:
“On Monday June 6 we advise anyone who needs to use the Tube to consider whether they are able to work from home and only travel if necessary on this day.
“We are expecting severe disruption, which will continue into the morning of Tuesday June 7 too.
“I apologise to customers for this and understand they will be frustrated by this strike action but urge them not to take it out on those who are trying to help.
“We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out.”
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