Capital is gripped by four more days of Tube strikes
Union members are ‘determined to protect work-life balance’
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