11 months ago

The tube strikes: why, when and where

You might want to schedule some WFH days at the end of the month because for 5 days the tubes are going to be out of office.

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There’s a lot out there regarding the London transport strikes, so we thought we’d break it down and make it easy for you.

WHY

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) is pretty upset. They are the union that represents over 10,000 TfL (Transport for London) workers and having heard about the proposed £100 million pension cut and the likely loss of over 600 TfL jobs, have decided to walk out in protest. They are also campaigning against poor working conditions for staff that, with additional budget cuts, aren’t looking like they will be improved any time soon. The bosses of the union have expressed their disappointment in the following statement from Finn Brennan:

We take action only when needed. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have shown that London Underground management are determined to try to push through detrimental changes – despite trade union opposition – if they think they can get away with it… Their aim is an entirely flexible workforce with all existing agreements replaced – allowing them to cut hundreds more jobs and forcing those of us who remain to work harder for longer. To protect our pensions, working conditions, and agreements, our members are ready to act.

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WHEN

There are 5 proposed dates for the walk out, Sunday 23rd, Tuesday 25th through until Friday 28th July.


WHERE

It’s looking like all underground tube lines will be effected as the RMT union represents over 10,000 TfL workers. The overground and Elizabeth lines will still be running, though it is likely that both of these will be especially busy on the days of the strike.

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