Tube strike success
London tube workers turned out in force across London during their 2-day strike this week, explaining to the public the reasons for the stoppage. Transport for London plan to close the ticket offices at every station at the cost of nearly 1,000 jobs. The RMT and TSSA unions claimed the strike was rock solid and that most of the public were sympathetic. They say the proposals will have a seriously adverse impact on women, the disabled, the elderly and tourists. The RMT union claimed that TFL`s own analysis on the effect of the cuts had pointed up concerns about crime levels, safety and concerns by the public.
Bob Crowe, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) union, who joined the picket lines at Tottenham Court Road Station, said:
"When we said this dispute was about both jobs and services we meant it and this analysis shows just how hard the cuts will hammer key sections of the London community. None of this has been factored in before the cuts bulldozer was unleashed and reinforces RMT's call for the proposals to be suspended to allow a proper and open evaluation at a conference involving unions, management and tube users".
Photo report by Peter Arkell
London Underground has announced the closure of ALL ticket offices by as early as 2015 and the subsequent loss of 750 jobs. Despite this Government’s and the Mayor of London’s claim they wish more use of public transport they are cutting LU’s budget by £33m for 2013-14, and £45m for 2014-15. And this despite January’s 4.2% increase in fares across the tube, buses and trams.
6 February 2014