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Staff cuts have led to a 48-hour strike over ticket office closure, starting from next week.
The decision of transport for London to save £50m a year and £4.2bn by 2020 has left its staff with no choice but to hold, on going, strikes for 48-hours starting from 14th to the 16th of October.
RMT union has ordered its members not to go to work. General secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT negotiators have made every effort in the long-running talks to resolve a range of issues that impact on our members jobs, their pay and working conditions and the safety of the services that they provide to the travelling public.”
Strikes had already taken place twice since February but it carries on across the country in separate disputes over pay, jobs and cuts. Unions are desperate to put an end to the closure of ticket offices and the loss of 950 jobs since they were unveiled last year.
The chief operation officer of London Underground, Phil Hufton believes the strikes are pointless.
“This action and the timing of it – to coincide with public sector strikes that have nothing to do with London Underground – is cynical in the extreme.”
Why are the strikes taking place?
- 953 planned job losses
- All 278 Underground ticket offices – which serve over 30 million passengers a year – to shut.
- With 953 fewer staff and no ticket offices, a growing number of stops will become ‘ghost stations’, feeling unsafe, especially to older or more vulnerable customers.
- Supervisors, who ensure the safety of passengers to be cut by 45% and will now over-see multiple stations. In the many emergencies where trains can’t move the supervisors may be stuck several stops away.
Boris Johnson also claims that these strikes are useless. He stated, “there is no reason for the strikes at all. This will achieve absolutely nothing at all except inconvenience to the travelling public.”
The strike is sure to cause travel chaos across London and commuters are being warned to plan their journeys in advance.