Potential Tube Strikes

Potential Tube Strikes

The strike by the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions that was set to disrupt Tube services has been suspended, London Underground (LU) has confirmed.

But London Underground services are still set to be disrupted on September 8 and 10 next month if a new deal is not made for workers ahead of the Night Tube launch, the RMT said.

Potential Tube Strikes

Staff on the bus network, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, tram, Emirates Air Line and River services will not be on strike.

We will provide you with more information as soon as the impact of the potential strikes have been assessed.

The RMT and TSSA unions are to strike on London Underground on August 25-28 over plans to introduce all-night services – but RAIL understands that drivers’ union ASLEF may be prepared to reach a deal on pay and conditions.

The 24-hour strikes are planned to run from 1830 on August 25, and again from 1830 on August 27.

They follow a 24-hour strike that began at 1830 on August 5. Estimates of the economic damage caused range from £10 million to £300m per day.

The RMT, ASLEF and the TSSA (Transport & Salaried Staff Association) rejected a revised offer from LU (see panel below).

LU has estimated that were it to accept the union demands, the cost would be £1.4 billion over the course of the Transport for London business plan to 2023/24.

It says this money would have to come from an immediate 6.5% increase in fares on top of the annual increase already assumed, equating to a £152 increase on an annual Zone 1-6 Travelcard. Alternatively, the funds would have to come from a “wholesale scaling back of vital modernisation plans”.

“No responsible management could even contemplate such demands,“ said LU Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths.

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