London Underground strikes cause disruption to city workers.
London office workers will be disrupted today by a strike concerning budget cuts.
London office workers face another Tube strike today as workers protest against job cuts.
The strike will last until 7pm tonight and is being carried out by around 11,000 union members. Despite the strike, Transport for London are claiming that forty percent of services are still running.
The job cuts are believed to be focused on ticket offices and will cause approximately 800 people to lose their jobs. The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) union members are involved in the ongoing disputes.
The strike began last night as Underground maintenance workers walked out at 7pm followed by the operational staff at 9pm.
“We are sending out the clearest possible message to the mayor Boris Johnson to halt theses cuts, stop playing fast and loose with Tube safety and to enter into meaningful talks to protect security and safety on the London Underground in the long term,” commented RMT leader Bob Crow.
Transport for London (TFL) are claiming that the government cuts will not result in any compulsory redundancies and would have no effect on security and safety in the Tube.
“The changes we’re proposing to ticket office opening hours are in line with customer demand, so that our employees are deployed in those places and at those times where passengers most value their help and reassurance,” said a spokesman for TFL.
It has also been announced recently that there will be a six percent rise in Underground fares that will be followed by three consecutive years of increases at three percent above inflation. Critics are claiming that this rise will force a large amount of London office space workers to drive into work, which will increase pollution and congestion in the capital.