Transport strikes: More misery in travel as London Tube and bus staff begin latest walkout | UK News
London Underground workers are staging a 24-hour rolling strike over jobs and pensions.
Members of the RMT union are on strike today, along with some of their Overground colleagues, shutting down much of the Tube network for the day.
Most buses in West and South West London will also not run following industrial action by Unite members.
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The action is sandwiched between RMT strikes on Network Rail Thursday and Saturday as the standoff between unions and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps deepens.
Transport workers have demanded a pay rise in line with inflation, as well as job protection as part of the government’s proposed cuts.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Tube bosses are in secret negotiations with the government over cutting jobs and undermining working conditions and pensions, all in the name of scrapping subsidies .
“This government-led attack on staff will be disastrous, as no other comparable urban transport system in the world operates without central government financial support to ensure quality and reliable services.
“The government must stop trying to get cheap services by cutting jobs and wages, and invest in what should be a world-class transport network.”
Passengers are requested not to travel today.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “It is clear that strikes are no longer the powerful tool they once were and the union bosses are no longer in a position to paralyze the country because, unlike them, the world has changed and people are just working from home.
“All of these strikes are hurting those the unions claim to represent, many of whom will again be disbursed and forced to miss a day’s work.
“We urge union bosses to do the right thing with their members and let them have their say on Network Rail’s very fair deal, which will deliver the reforms that our rail system urgently needs. It’s time to off the picket line and back to the negotiating table – the future of our railroad depends on it.”
Passengers using national rail services today will feel the hangover from Thursday’s strikes as the network has to catch up to get trains where they need to be before travel resumes.
Only one in five trains ran on Thursday, with many areas having no service between them, and the same is expected to happen on Saturday.
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Andy Lord, Chief Operating Officer of TfL, said: “I would like to apologize to our customers for the strike by RMT and Unite, which will have a significant impact on the city’s transport network.
“I understand how frustrating these strikes are, and would like to remind the RMT and Unite that it is not too late to work with us, Arriva Rail London and the RATP (which run the London buses affected by the strike ) to find a solution and avoid the huge disruption this action will cause to the movement of people and the economy.”
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A spokesman for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Discussions over funding for TfL are ongoing with the government, but TfL has made it clear that no one has lost or will lose their jobs because of the proposals. previously set out, and that any changes are always subject to full consultation with staff and unions.
“Sadiq has also been clear that the government should not use TfL’s employee terms and conditions as a bargaining tool in funding negotiations.”