Tube Strikes: Commuters braced for travel chaos TOMORROW as 10,000 London Underground workers walk out over pay

Tube Strikes: Commuters braced for travel chaos TOMORROW as 10,000 London Underground workers walk out over pay

February 28, 2022

COMMUTERS are bracing for travel chaos TOMORROW as 10,000 London Underground workers are expected to walk out over pay this week.

A dispute over jobs, pensions and conditions will see workers strike twice this week, prompting disruption warnings to travellers in London.

Severe service interruptions are expected on Tuesday and Thursday when members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walk out.

Transport for London (TfL) said it expects severe disruption across all Tube lines tomorrow and Thursday.

The planned action is also likely to severely affect services on Wednesday and Friday, particularly in the morning peak.

TfL has criticised the industrial action, saying there are no proposals on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals it has set out.

A statement said: "TFL will do all it can to provide as many transport options as possible, but customers are advised to check before they travel, consider if their travel is essential and work from home if possible.

"They should leave more time for journeys and travel at quieter times where possible."

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RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our members will be taking strike action because a financial crisis at London Underground (LU) has been deliberately engineered by the Government to drive a cuts agenda which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten their working conditions and pensions.

"These are the very same transport staff praised as heroes for carrying London through Covid for nearly two years, often at serious personal risk, who now have no option but to strike to defend their livelihoods.

"The politicians need to wake up to the fact that transport staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.

"In addition to the strike action, RMT is co-ordinating a campaign of resistance with colleagues from other unions impacted by this threat."

Picket lines will be mounted outside Tube stations across the capital on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Government announced a new funding deal for TfL last week, which will run until the end of June.  

The announcement of strike action came just three days after the Government agreed to continue its bailout for TfL while a deal is worked out to secure its long-term funding.

Andy Lord, TfL's chief operating officer, warned of disruption.

He said: "TfL 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.

"I hope the RMT will get around the table with us, continue talks and call off this disruptive action, which will cause huge frustration for our customers and further financial damage to TfL and London's economy when we should be working together to rebuild following the pandemic."

Transport for London (TfL) is thought to be in a £1.5billion black hole.

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