Transport strikes: More travel misery as London tube and bus staff begin latest strike |  UK News

Transport strikes: More travel misery as London tube and bus staff begin latest strike | UK News

Transport strikes: More travel misery as London tube and bus staff begin latest strike |  UK News

London Underground workers are staging a 24-hour strike in a continuous queue for jobs and pensions.

Members of the RMT and Unite unions 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 be running as a result of the industrial action.

Read more: Who is going on strike in August and for how long?

The action intertwines between RMT strikes at Network Rail on Thursday and Saturday, as the impasse between the unions and Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps deepens.

Transport workers have been calling for a pay rise in line with inflation, as well as protection for jobs amid proposed government cuts.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Subway bosses are having secret negotiations with the government over cutting jobs and undermining working conditions and pensions, all in the name of removing subsidies. .

“This government-led assault on staff will be disastrous, as no other comparable urban transport system in the world works without financial support from the central government to ensure good and reliable services.

“The government must stop trying to get services cheaply by cutting jobs and wages, and invest in what should be a world-class transportation network.”

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Lynch says strikes will continue

Passengers are urged not to travel today.

A Transport Department spokesman said: “It is clear strikes are not the powerful tool they once were and union bosses can no longer bring the country to a standstill as unlike them the world has changed and people just work from home.

“Everything these strikes are doing is hurting the very people the unions claim to represent, many of whom will again be out of money and forced to miss a day of work.

“We urge union bosses to do the right thing by their members and give them a say in Network Rail’s very fair deal, which will bring about the reforms our rail system sorely needs. It’s time to get off the picket lines and get back on the road.” negotiation”. table – the future of our railway depends on it.

Trains are stopped on the tracks at Norwich railway station as rail services have been severely disrupted due to members of the Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Shipping and Transport union (RMT) are striking in a continuous line for wages, jobs and conditions.  .  Picture date: Thursday August 18, 2022.

Passengers using national rail services today will feel the hangover from Thursday’s strikes, and the network will have 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 will happen again on Saturday.

Read more:
RMT boss Mick Lynch says ‘we’ll keep going until we get a negotiated deal’

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: “I would like to apologize to our customers for the strike being carried out 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 RMT and Unite that it is not too late to work with us, Arriva Rail London and RATP (which runs the London buses affected by the strike) to find a solution. and avoid the major disruption this action will cause to people’s travel and the economy.”

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A spokesman for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Discussions about funding for TfL are ongoing with the government, but TfL have made it clear that no one has lost or will lose their job due to the proposals set out above, and that everyone changes are always subject to full consultation with staff and unions.

“Sadiq has also made it clear that the government must not use the TfL employee terms and conditions as a bargaining tool in funding negotiations.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will speak to Sky News this morning at around 7am

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