RMT Announces New Strike Dates on London Underground

Two days of action planned over job losses and working conditions

The RMT has asked for direct talks with the Mayor

September 21, 2023

The RMT union is to hold two more days of strike action on London Underground as part of its dispute over job losses and working conditions.

Its 3,500 members working on the network will not turn up for work on Wednesday 4 October and Friday 6 October.

The union says that management is planning to cut station staff numbers by 600 and that its members are already facing higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue.

It claims that the action will lead to the tube being shut down on these days and it is also likely there will be some disruption on Thursday 5 October and Saturday 7 October.

Passengers are advised to check the TfL website for the latest information before traveling on these days.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, "Station staff have had enough of having their livelihoods threatened by job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions.

"Station staff have a vital role to play assisting vulnerable passengers access the network safely and ensuring that the tube is a safe environment for passengers.

"These job cuts and attacks on conditions are going to lead to more unstaffed stations, temporary closures and rising passenger anger.”

He asked for a meeting with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to discuss the issue.

Glynn Barton, TfL's chief operating officer, said, "Nobody wants to see strikes that will cause significant disruption to our customers and we urge them to reconsider and continue engaging with us."

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, earlier announced more industrial action on the train network in its ongoing dispute over pay.

It is planning another two days of strikes – on Saturday 30 September and Wednesday 4 October – and an overtime ban across the UK rail network on Friday 29 September and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 October. These strikes will not directly affect London Underground and the main impact in this part of London will be on South Western and Great Western Railway services.

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