Workers stage 24-hour walkout in jobs dispute
Transport for London tube strike has asked people to work from home on Tuesday and Thursday as thousands of tube workers went on strike, crippling the capital’s transport network.
The Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) union stated its members were “solidly supporting” the industrial work with picket lines mounted outside tube stations.
One more 24-hour walkout is planned for Thursday, with knock-on effects on services on Wednesday and Friday.
The union fears spending cuts will lead to hundreds of job losses and reductions in pensions and working conditions.
Transport for London tube strike (TfL) has said no jobs would be lost and it has not proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions.
TfL’s chief operating officer, Andy Lord, said: “We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out, so this action is completely unnecessary.
“We know our customers deserve better than this and that is why we’re urging the. RMT to talk to us so we can find a resolution to this dispute and call off this action, which is threatening. London tube strike recovery from the pandemic.”
Lord told LBC the disruption on the London tube strike tube network on. Tuesday and Thursday were different from the strike action held before. Christmas last year.
He said: “The dispute is across the entire network, whereas the previous dispute before. Christmas was with the night tube only with the RMT and on certain lines.
“Today it is covering the whole network. We are hoping to run a limited service on some of the lines but. I would really encourage customers to check the. TfL website and only travel if their journey is essential.”
He encouraged people to work from home on Tuesday and Thursday. Asked about what provisions have been made for key workers who were not able to work from home. Lord added: “We’ve laid on extra buses and we also have all our other TfL services which are operating normally. I hope that they will be able to get to work without too much of an inconvenience.”