Cap­i­tal is gripped by four more days of Tube strikes

Union mem­bers are ‘de­ter­mined to pro­tect work-life bal­ance’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low

LON­DON is suf­fer­ing another bout of Tube strikes this week, af­ter the RMT Union called for two 24-hour walk-outs.

The strikes, which started yesterday (Tues­day), are planned to take place over four days con­sec­u­tively.

In a state­ment is­sued on Au­gust 11, RMT lead­ers asked Lon­don Un­der­ground mem­bers, ex­clud­ing driv­ers and in­struc­tor op­er­a­tors, to strike for 24 hours be­tween 6.30pm yesterday and 6.30pm to­day.

RMT has also asked staff to strike from 6.30pm to­mor­row (Thurs­day) un­til the same time on Fri­day.

The union wants driv­ers and in­struc­tor op­er­a­tors to walk-out for the same amount of time, but start­ing and fin­ish­ing at 9pm on both days.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash wrote in a let­ter on the RMT web­site: “Our mem­bers the length and breadth of Lon­don Un­der­ground have made it clear they are de­ter­mined to pro­tect their work-life bal­ance and not fall into a trap where they will be forced to wreck their home lives to com­ply with the ‘ros­ters from hell’, which have been drawn up to plug staffing gaps in the Night Tube plans.

“Staff are an­gry their griev­ances are be­ing ig­nored by the mayor [of Lon­don] and his of­fi­cials, and there has been no

Staff are an­gry their griev­ances are be­ing ig­nored”

sub­stan­tial move, as of to­day, from Lon­don Un­der­ground to make progress to­wards a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment. That is why we have no op­tion but to strike.”

Union mem­bers are strik­ing in op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed Night Tube, set to launch on Septem­ber 12.

“The Night Tube plan has been botched from the off,” Mr Cash wrote.

“The ba­sics haven’t been done and those who will pay for this sham­bles will not only be our mem­bers but the Lon­don daily trav­el­ling public who cough up a for­tune and who will find their safety and the re­li­a­bil­ity of the ser­vice com­pro­mised from Septem­ber 12 on­wards. Run­ning Tube ser­vices with fa­tigued and burnt-out staff is a recipe for dis­as­ter.”

Dis­pute talks are un­der way with con­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice Acas.

n FA­MIL­IAR SIGHT: Lon­don Un­der­ground staff have been asked to hold two more 24-hour strikes this week

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