Two tube strikes will take place next week, affecting a large section of the London Underground on Tuesday and Thursday.

Transport for London (TfL) says that if the strikes go ahead, it expects severe disruption across all Tube lines, with the possibility of no services on the London Underground. Other TfL and National Rail services are not included in the RMT’s strike action – however, those services are expected to be much busier than usual and customers may need to queue before boarding.

The RMT strike covers all staff who are members of the RMT, so that’s about 10,000 staff across all parts of the London Underground, which could lead to stations being closed as well as lines having to operate with fewer trains.

Unless cancelled at the last minute, the strike will last all day on Tuesday 1st March and Thursday 3rd March 2022. Although there won’t be a strike on Wednesday, it’s likely that there will also be some disruption in the early morning, and also on Friday morning.

Although 94% of RMT members who responded to the ballot voted in favour of strike action (4,900), that was fewer than half of all RMT members on the London Underground (10,084). The strike ballot only just scraped past the 50% turnout requirement for it to be valid.

Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is extremely disappointing that the RMT is planning to go ahead with this action. TfL haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out.”

“If the RMT does go ahead with this action, then anyone who needs to travel on 1 and 3 March should check before they make their journey, consider whether they are able to work from home and use alternative modes of transport where possible. I understand the frustration this proposed strike action will inevitably cause, and can assure customers that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impacts. Making journeys will be more difficult if the RMT’s strike goes ahead, so I urge any customers to please be considerate towards each other and TfL staff.”

The RMT says that it will be taking strike action over “LU’s continuing refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by central Government”

The union says that it won’t accept any changes to members’ pensions or work agreements and that there shouldn’t be any reduction in the number of staff employed by TfL.

Although TfL hasn’t announced any redundancies, it is cutting by not replacing staff who leave. TfL’s current proposal is to not recruit around 250 Customer Services vacancies that are currently unfilled, as well as placing controls on future recruitment, with the aim of reducing posts by a further 250-350 as people retire or move on from TfL. This would mean a gradual reduction of around 500-600 posts compared to pre-pandemic staffing levels – although the precise number is still to be agreed upon with staff and unions.

That would still leave around 4,500 staff across the London Underground.

TfL is however somewhat operating with its hands tied in the negotiations with the union as it’s still trying to settle a funding agreement with the government and will be dependent on those negotiations to decide how much it can afford to spend over the years to come.

This strike is unrelated to the ongoing Night Tube dispute, which sees disruption to the Night Tube each weekend.


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