Around 10,000 London Underground workers are set to walk out on March 1 and March 3 in response to disputes over jobs, pay, pensions and working conditions. This comes amid growing fears of cuts in Transport for London (TfL) funding.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch confirmed the planned strike action, saying “our members will be taking strike action next month because a financial crisis at LU has been deliberately engineered by the Government to drive a cuts agenda which would savage jobs, services, safety and threaten their working conditions and pensions.
“The politicians need to wake up to the fact that transport staff will not pay the price for this cynically engineered crisis.”
Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, called the action “extremely disappointing”, adding that “no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have set out.”
He added that the planned TfL cuts are in response to the “devastating impact of the pandemic on TfL finances”, urging the RMT to “do the right thing for London, talk to us and call off this unnecessary action.”
This planned action comes in addition to ongoing Night Tube strikes across the capital, taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings every weekend until June.